Third Mainland Bridge to be reopened February 15 – Fashola

Sodiq Oyeleke

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, says the Third Mainland Bridge would be reopened by February 15.

He said this during the inspection of construction work on major roads and bridges in Lagos State on Thursday.

He explained that after the reopening of the Third Mainland Bridge, work would begin on the Falomo Bridge.

The Third Mainland Bridge was partially shut on July 24, 202 for another round of rehabilitation works expected to last for six months.

The FG had earlier announced that the construction would be divided into two phases of three months on each carriageway, starting with the Oworonsoki bound carriageway.

But the minister explained that the EndSARS protest caused the extension of the completion date.

Fashola said, “On the Third Mainland Bridge most of our work is almost done, we lost two weeks during the civil protest and our completion date earlier was towards the end of January, which has slipped.

“We are hoping that by 15th of February we should be done and the bridge should be opened to the public.

“That is one of the reasons why I also came to see how far and when this bridge will be opened to the public because this is delaying our work on Falomo Bridge.

“We have done some work on Falomo Bridge, we are going to have to close Falomo Bridge as soon as this is done so that we can also replace the expansion joints there.

“All the other preliminary work has been done there, but we left it in order to reduce the inconvenience to commuters in and around Lagos.

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“So, the Eko Bridge that was closed is opened now, this one (Third Mainland Bridge) is going to be opened by February 15.”

The 11.8km bridge, which was constructed in 1990, is the longest of the three bridges connecting Lagos Island to the Mainland. It starts from Oworonshoki, which is linked to the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway and the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and ends at the Adeniji Adele Interchange on Lagos Island.

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