The federal government has announced a two-day total closure of the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos state for “concrete work on some sections”.
Olukayode Popoola, federal controller of works in the state, who disclosed this on Thursday, said the closure would begin from midnight of October 30 and end at midnight of November 1.
The controller said there was the need to shut both bounds of the bridge – from Adeniji Adele to Adekunle – in addition to the closed bound of the bridge, to complete the work.
“We are planning to cast two number expansion joints, and we shall close the Third Mainland Bridge from midnight of Oct. 30 until midnight of November 1,’’ he said.
According to him, the closure is to ensure that there is no vibration on the bridge during casting in-place of the newly-installed expansion joints.
“This is to allow for setting of the special concrete, which allows the concrete to achieve its required compressive strength,’’ Popoola said.
He said the federal government decided to close the bridge on a weekend to minimise the impact on vehicular traffic.
Popola promised that traffic managers will be deployed to control all the alternative routes.
The Third Mainland Bridge, which is going through series of repair, was partially shut on July 24 for repair.
The repair is expected to last for six months, divided into two phases of three months on each carriageway, starting with the Oworonsoki bound carriageway.
Between October 9 and October 11, a section of the bridge from Adekunle to Adeniji Adele was shut to complete the first stage of casting works.