The Nigerian Government has announced a fresh plan for temporary and full shut down of two important tranport links to Lagos, the commercial capital.
Federal Controller of Works for Lagos, Olukayode Popoola, announced a 72-hour total closure of the Third Mainland Bridge to cast concrete on the expansion joints.
Popoola announced this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday.
He said the shutdown will take effect from midnight on Saturday to midnight on Tuesday.
He added that construction works had reached the stage for casting concrete on additional three expansion joints.
He said: “There is going to be total closure of Third Mainland Bridge in order to allow for the casting of three number expansion joints on the Island bound lane.
“The effective date of the closure will be from 12 midnight of 25th of December.
“So people will be allowed to use the Third Mainland Bridge to celebrate Christmas.
“By the time the Christmas is winding down, which is 12:00 midnight, we are going to close it so that we will be able to cast the concrete on Saturday the 26th and 27th we cast again.
”And we need about 72 hours for this concrete to set.
“Therefore, the opening will be on the 28th December midnight, that is 72-hour closure.
“This is to prevent vibration of the bridge. If we allow vehicles to be moving on one lane, there is going to be vibrations and the concrete will not set properly.”
The Controller said all the alternative routes were in good condition and traffic regulatory agencies had been deployed to effectively divert and manage traffic to avert gridlock.
Popooola appealed to road users to cooperate with traffic regulatory agencies.
He also announced a 48-hour partial closure of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway from December 28 to December 29 to complete some work on a flyover bridge on the project.
“The contractor, Messrs Julius Berger, wants to install cross beams at Kilometre 16, that is around MFM,” he said.