Pains, Gains as Lagos shuts Falomo-Ikoyi Bridge for 6 weeks


How Victoria-Island bound commuters may suffer the traffic pains untill completion of repairs scheduled for April 30, 2021.


The Government of Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, has announced the shutdown of Falomo Bridge for 6 weeks with effect from Sunday, March 14, 2021.

This, which is expected to cause pains but eventually lead to gains, follows the approval secured from the Federal Government for repair works on the bridge which will be completed on April 30, 2021.

According to a report from the Nation, this disclosure was made by the Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, on Friday, March 12, 2021, who said that the repair works will run on a 24hours shift in phases to enable the contractor complete repairs within the estimated time and minimize the expected inconveniences on the road users.

Oladeinde further explained that the first stage of the repairs will cover the Victoria Island-bound lane of the bridge, which will be closed to traffic, adding that motorists heading towards Victoria Island will be diverted to the Ikoyi bound lanes to create a counter-flow.

The Commissioner also said while the Ikoyi bound lane will be closed down for the second stage of rehabilitation works, in a similar fashion, motorists will be diverted to other lanes.

He assured that sufficient signage would be put up to guide motorists as well as traffic management personnel deployed to help motorists navigate their ways home with ease.
Oladeinde appealed to the good people of the State to cooperate with the Government by complying with the directives and traffic advisory to allow contractors to finish the projects in record time.

What you should know

The shutdown of the Falomo bridge is coming barely 2 weeks after the reopening of the Third Mainland Bridge following an over 7-month shutdown for repair works.

It can also be recalled that the Lagos State Government announced the partial closure of the Marine Bridge from Tuesday, March 9 to Monday, June 21, 2021, for emergency repair works on the Apapa outward section of the bridge.

The partial closure is to enable the government to carry out necessary maintenance work on the bridge infrastructure which includes removal and cleaning of the existing expansion joints to prevent further deterioration.

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