Third Mainland Bridge: We’ll Deploy Over 650 LASTMA Officers To Control Traffic – Sanwo-Olu

A file photo of Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
A file photo of Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

 

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has appealed to residents to be patient and bear with the discomfort that will be experienced from the six-month partial closure of the Third Mainland Bridge which begins on Friday (tomorrow).

Governor Sanwo-Olu assured Nigerians that the pains will be minimal, noting that over 650 officers of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA ) will be deployed on the road to control traffic during this period.

He stated this on Thursday while receiving the new Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Lagos, Commodore Olusegun Ogungbemide, who paid a courtesy visit at the State House in Marina.

The FRSC boss was accompanied on the visit to the Governor by the Lagos Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr Adeyinka Ayinla.

The Governor said the closure of the 11.8km bridge – the busiest in the State – was inevitable, following physical deterioration observed on the structure after an integrity test conducted by the Federal Government.

BREAKING: Third Mainland Bridge Reopens
A file photo of a section of the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos, south-west Nigeria.

The closure of the bridge, Sanwo-Olu said, will bring about pain, but the development was necessary to prevent a disaster that may result from the total collapse of the infrastructure.

He promised that men of LASTMA would constantly be on the road with their Federal counterparts to ensure seamless movement of vehicles during the period.

Sanwo-Olu said the State Government had carried out improvement work on alternative routes mapped out for diversions while observing that vehicular movements on the Third Mainland Bridge would be disrupted by 25 per cent of its regular traffic.

He said: “The partial closure of Third Mainland Bridge is not something that everybody should worry about, because this is an exercise that had been done before.

“For emphasis, the traffic disruption is only about 25 percent of the regular traffic on the bridge. The 75 percent of vehicles that normally ply the route will still have access to move on the bridge during the period of repair.

“We have furnished and improved the design of the alternative routes, and we are still working on other arterial routes so that our people can have seamless journey times to and from their places of work.

“So, there is nothing commuters should worry about in this period. We will ensure the repair work on the Third Mainland Bridge does not overburden them. We will be deploying over 650 LASTMA officers on the road to control the traffic.”

In the period of closure, the Governor said a lane of the bridge would be opened to traffic for vehicles driving inward Lagos Island in the morning, while another lane would be shut.

The reverse would be done for vehicle driving inward Mainland in the afternoon, while others will be shut.

To further assuage the discomfort that may be experienced by commuters and ease the roads of gridlock, Sanwo-Olu said the State had strengthened the State-owned Lagos Ferry Service (LAGFERRY) by doubling its capacity for a mass movement, thereby giving the residents an alternative through water transportation.

He said: “We are also urging the commuters to explore the option of waterways in their journey.

“The jetty built in Ilaje area of Bariga has been activated and we are deploying more speedboats to raise the capacity of our ferry service. This is to ensure that many people are not on the road at the same time.”

The Governor said his administration remained committed to improving transportation in the State, noting that delivering efficiently run intermodal transportation system was an important component of his Government’s deliverables.

Sanwo-Olu welcomed the FRSC Sector Commander to Lagos, assuring him of the State Government’s readiness to work with the federal safety agency.

Responding, Ogungbemide said the FRSC played prominent roles in the smooth running of Lagos security architecture, pleading with the Governor to integrate the agency into the State’s Security Council.

The FRSC boss assured Lagos residents of his readiness to engage activities that would give road users a pleasant experience.

He said 250 FRSC operatives would be deployed to work with LASTMA to maintain traffic on Third Mainland Bridge and alternative routes.

The complete repair work on the bridge is expected to take two years, out of which the carriageway will be closed to vehicles for six months.

Closure Of Third Mainland Bridge To Be Partial, Lagos Govt. Reiterates

BREAKING: Third Mainland Bridge Reopens
A file photo of a section of the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos, south-west Nigeria.

 

The Lagos state government has reiterated that the looming closure of the Third Mainland Bridge will be partial.

In a tweet on Saturday, Spokesman to the State Governor, Gboyeka Akosile, quoting the Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Engineer Aramide Adeyoye, informed that part of the bridge will be open to traffic even as repairs are ongoing.

“The closure of 3rd Mainland Bridge on July 24 will be partial, not complete closure as being speculated,” the tweet said.

“A side of the carriageway will be open to traffic, while the other carriageway undergoes repair. Then the process is repeated on the other lane.”

 

Meanwhile, the government has asked motorists to use alternative routes during the bridge’s partial closure.

In a statement issued by the Ministry of Transportation on Friday, the government said the six-month exercise to be embarked on by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing would target “fixing the worn out expansion joints on the structure of the bridge.”

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The Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, who signed the statement noted that the state government was committed to the free flow of traffic during the period.

He stated that ongoing repair works on the alternative routes highlighted for traffic management were being rounded up in readiness for the partial closure slated for Friday, July 24.

Raising concerns on some failed sections of the alternative routes, the Commissioner confirmed that the bad roads have been fixed.

He listed the failed routes as Iddo inwards Carter Bridge, Market Road inward Herbert Macaulay Road, Herbert Macaulay road by Abeokuta Street, Herbert Macaulay by Cemetery and Apapa inward Oyingbo.

Attempted Suicide: Two Women Rescued In Lagos

Attempted Suicide: Two Women Rescued In LagosBarely a week after a medical doctor, Allwell Orji, took the plunge into the Lagos lagoon, two women have been rescued along the same axis.

One of the suspects, a 71-year-old food vendor, Abigal Ogunyinka, claimed that she collected a sum of money from a micro finance bank and had failed on the weekly refund for two weeks.

The second suspect, said to be a textile dealer in Lagos Island, had also made an attempt to jump into the lagoon from the Oworonsoki end before she was rescued.

She was alleged to have been indebted to her foreign partners.

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In his reaction, the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Fatai Owoseni, said the State Command would ensure that the law takes its course in the matter.

“We will not close our eyes to ensuring that the law takes its course in some of these cases, we will take them through therapy.

“I have asked the Police Clinic to get psychologists that would take them through depression to purge out whatever is on their minds,” he said.

The Friday incidents make the second and third cases of suicide attempts foiled in Lagos State in less than a week.

The first was the case of a middle-aged woman who was rescued by some local fishermen and divers, after jumping into the lagoon in the Maza-Maza area of the state.

Woman Rescued After Jumping Into Lagos Lagoon

Woman Rescued After Jumping Into Lagos LagoonA middle-aged woman reportedly jumped into the lagoon in the Maza-Maza area of the state, a day after Dr. Allwell Orji plunged into the Lagos lagoon. 

The woman was however lucky, as she was rescued by some local fishermen and divers in the area.

According to witnesses, the woman, dressed in a blouse and trousers was earlier seen walking aimlessly and when she got to the middle of the Maza-Maza bridge, she climbed the rail and plunged into the lagoon, but the fishermen dived in after her and she was rescued.

Although her details are yet to be ascertained, it was gathered that she was rushed to a nearby hospital by her rescuers.

 

 

Lagos Police Retract Statement On Recovery Of Dr. Orji’s Body

Man Allegedly Drowned In Lagos Lagoon Yet To Be RecoveredThe Lagos Police have said that they are unsure of the identity of the body recovered from the Lagos Lagoon, after confirming to Channels Television that the body of Dr. Allwell Orji who jumped into the Lagos Lagoon on Sunday had been recovered.

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni had earlier claimed that Dr. Orji’s body was found by the Marine Police, at the Onikan end of the Lagoon.

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Dr. Orji allegedly committed suicide by jumping off the popular and busy Lagos Third Mainland Bridge.

Reports from the Police authorities said he had asked his driver to stop before jumping across the bridge.

Dr. Orji worked at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Surulere area of Lagos State, southwest Nigeria.

Man Reportedly Jumps Off Third Mainland Bridge

Man Reportedly Jumps Off Third Mainland BridgeIt was a sad Sunday as a middle-aged man allegedly committed suicide by jumping off the popular and busy Lagos Third Mainland Bridge.

According to temporary reports from Police authorities, the man who was identified as Orji and said to be a medical doctor, asked his driver to stop before jumping across the bridge and into the water.

The Lagos State Emergency Agency (LASEMA) in a statement said there was a distress call of a man who parked his grey coloured Nissan SUV about 4.50 pm around Adekunle and jumped into the Lagos lagoon.

LASEMA said efforts were being made to recover Orji’s body while the vehicle and the driver have been taken to Adeniji Adele Police Station for further investigation.

The 11-kilometre Third Mainland Bridge is the longest of the three bridges connecting Lagos Island to the mainalnd across the Lagos lagoon.