The Minister of State for Works, Bashir Yuguda on Friday said that the repair works on the Third Mainland Bridge which was suspended indefinitely by the Lagos state government will be begin on Friday.

The Minister disclosed this while inaugurating the repair of eight expansion joints on the Third Mainland Bridge.

According to Mr Yuguda, the repair of the longest bridge in Africa will cost N1.055 billion and is being handled by Messrs Borini Prono & Co (Nig.) Limited.

The contract will run from July 6, 2012 to November 5, 2012.

According to the contract papers, the first phase of the replacement of expansion joints will begin on the inward Lagos side between Ebute Meta Interchange and Adeniji Adele. This section will be shut for the duration of the repair work.

The second phase if on the outward Lagos side between Adeniji Adele and Ebute Meta Interchange.