FG Fully Reopens Third Mainland Bridge

 

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said that the Third Mainland Bridge will be fully reopened today after rehabilitation works.

Fashola made the announcement on Saturday via Twitter.

The Federal Government had partially shut the Third Mainland Bridge on July 24, 2020 for another round of rehabilitation.

READ ALSO: Lagos Govt To Close Third Mainland Bridge On February 26

The series of repairs, expected to last six months, was extended from January to February because of the #EndSARS protests.

The construction was initially divided into two phases of three months on each carriageway, starting with the Oworonsoki-bound carriageway whose completion dragged to four months.

Traffic was partially diverted on a stretch of 3.5km where construction was on-going between Adeniji Adele Ramp and Ebute Meta, while different time belts were allotted for traffic diversions on the bridge.

 

Third Mainland Bridge: FG Backtracks On February 15 Reopening Date

 

The Federal Government has said the Third Mainland Bridge would no longer be reopened on Monday as planned.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, had said the Third Mainland Bridge would be reopened by February 15 during the inspection of construction work on major roads and bridges in Lagos State in January.

Fashola had blamed the initial extension of the completion date on the EndSARS protest which held in October 2020.

But speaking on Sunday, the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Olukayode Popoola, said the bridge would experience one more total closure from February 19 to 21 before completion of the project.

“The 3rd Mainland bridge will no longer be opened on the 15th of February 2021 as announced earlier on,” he said.

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“The reasons are The #EndSARS protest that delayed the work for two weeks. In order not to create untold hardship for the motoring public using the 3rd Mainland Bridge for their daily activities, the contractor is not allowed to close the 3rd Mainland bridge during the week to cast concrete.

“Lane markings on the completed section must be completed. The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing regret the inconveniences the extra days may have caused the Lagosians.”

Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos, which was going through a series of repairs, had to be partially shut on July 24 for another round of rehabilitation works.

Traffic was partially diverted on a stretch of 3.5km where construction is ongoing between Adeniji Adeniji Ramp and Ebute Meta, while different time belts were allotted for traffic diversions on the bridge.

The 11.8km bridge is the longest of the three bridges connecting Lagos Island to the Mainland.

Third Mainland Bridge: Lagos Govt To Close Oworonshoki Lane On Saturday

A file photo of signposts in road closure and diversion in Lagos State.

 

The Lagos State government has announced plans to close the Oworonshoki bound lane of the Third Mainland Bridge totally to vehicular movement by midnight on Saturday, February 6.

It noted that the closure would remain in force until 7pm on Sunday, February 7, for the removal of the last expansion joint on the Oworonshoki bound lane.

The government made the announcement in a statement on Wednesday by the Ministry of Transportation.

It explained that the closure was important to enable the contractors to move their equipment to the Oworonshoki bound lane within the given period without any interruption by vehicular movement on the bridge.

The Commissioner for Transportation in Lagos, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, who made the announcement on behalf of the governor, stated that the rehabilitation process was being enhanced to ensure that set deadlines were met.

He gave an assurance that traffic management personnel would be deployed along the alternative routes to minimise and address any traffic impediment during the closure.

Oladeinde also appealed for cooperation from residents, saying the ongoing repair work on the bridge was for the safety of all and sundry.

He added that the Babajide Sanwo-Olu led administration would not relent in ensuring the safety of residents on roads in the state.

During the closure, the government urged motorists from Ogudu, Alapere, and Gbagada are advised to use Ikorodu Road, Jibowu, and Yaba as alternative routes.

Those from Lagos Island, Iddo, Oyingbo, Adekunle, and Yaba attempting to go through Iyana Oworosoki were asked to use Herbert Macaulay Way, Jibowu, and Ikorodu Road as alternative routes.

Read the tweets from the government below:

ICYMI: FG Partially Reopens Third Mainland Bridge

 

The Federal Government has partially reopened the Third Mainland Bridge following a 72-hour closure by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.

Following the reopening of the bridge, Channels Television observed that vehicular activities resumed on Monday after rehabilitation work was done on the three expansion joints at the Adekunle end of the bridge.

While vehicles heading to the island wait out the gridlock occasioned by the interchange created to manage the partial closure, bike riders held sway over every available space,  dangerously maneuvering their way through regardless of the direction of travel

The impact of the total closure still resonates with some residents of Lagos State who want to see the rehabilitation work completed as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, for those heading back to the mainland, it’s a longer route that requires lots of patience due to the gridlock often experienced on the Carter Bridge, Eko Bridge, Funsho Williams Avenue and the Ikorodu road.

This comes six months since repair work began on the third mainland bridge.

With February 15 set as the new date for the full reopening, Lagos residents are hopeful there will be no more postponement and will no doubt appreciate having full access to the bridge once again.

FG To Shut Third Mainland Bridge For Another Three Days

The Federal Government has again announced its plan to shut down a section of the Third Mainland Bridge for another three days for a round of delicate expansion joints replacement.

This was announced on Wednesday in a statement signed by the Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Olukayode Popoola.

He explained that construction works had reached the stage for “casting concrete on additional three expansion joints, hence the need to stop all movements on the bridge that could cause vibrations.”

He said that the 72 hours will take effect, Friday, January 29.

READ ALSO: Third Mainland Bridge Closed For Three Days

“Messers Boroni Prono is planning to cast three number expansion joints on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st.

“This will require total closure of the Third Mainland bridge from 12:00 midnight of Friday 29th till midnight of Monday 1st February 2021.

“We are sorry for the inconveniences this may cause Lagosians,” Mr Popoola said.

The Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos, which is going through a series of repairs, was initially shut on July 24, last year, for rehabilitation works and a series of repairs.

The repair expected to last six months was extended by one month due to the  #EndSARS protests in Lagos extending the completion date from January 2021 to February.

The Minister of Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola has however assured that the bridge will be fully reopened to traffic by February 15.

The Minister gave the update on January 14, during an inspection of construction work on major roads and bridges in Lagos State.

Third Mainland Bridge To Be Fully Reopened February 15 – Fashola

The Minister of Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola has confirmed that the third mainland bridge will be fully reopened to traffic by February 15.

The Minister gave the update on Thursday during an inspection of construction work on major roads and bridges in Lagos State.

The Minister and his team visited the section of the Apapa-Oshodi expressway engulfed by fire when a petrol tanker burst into flames.

READ ALSO: Third Mainland Bridge To Be Closed For Repairs

According to Fashola, a former Lagos State Governor, the partial closure of the third mainland bridge is delaying the scheduled maintenance on Falomo bridge.

“Once the third mainland bridge is reopened, we will move to Falomo bridge and replace the expansion joints,” he said.

The third mainland bridge has been partially shut since July 24 for repair works.

The bridge had been scheduled to reopen fully in January. But two weeks lost to the #EndSARS protests necessitated a push in the completion date, according to the Ministry of Works and its contractors.

The bridge is reputed to be the busiest, in terms of vehicular traffic, in the country.

Yuletide: Third Mainland Bridge To Be Reopened Midnight

BREAKING: Third Mainland Bridge Reopens
A section of the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos. (File Photo)

 

The Third Mainland Bridge will be reopened at midnight following the closure for repairs on the bridge.

The Federal Controller of Works Lagos, Mr Olukayode Popoola, confirmed this on Sunday.

According to Popoola, the contractor was able to achieve the task within 48 hours, contrary to the initially scheduled 72-hour timeframe.

“We have completed the casting of the three number expansion joints on Third Mainland bridge.

“Therefore, the bridge shall be opened at 12:00 midnight Sunday 27th December, and no longer Monday 28th December.

“That is 48 hours and no more 72 hours,” Popoola said.

The closure of portions of the bridge which commenced earlier in the year, had initially been scheduled to last six months and divided into two phases of three months on each carriageway.

The process was, however, extended by one month due to the recent #EndSARS protests in Lagos, thereby extending the completion date from January 2021 to February.

For the yuletide season, which was also a public holiday, the bridge had to be shut down totally in order to stop vibrations caused by the movement of vehicles.


Third Mainland Bridge Closed For Three Days

 

Lagos residents might be faced with traffic difficulties amid the Christmas holiday following the full closure of Third Mainland Bridge on the midnight of Christmas Day.

The bridge will remain closed until midnight of December 28 as it is undergoing repairs.

Federal Government had earlier announced that the bridge will be shut for 72 hours to cast concrete on the expansion joints.

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Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Olukayode Popoola while making the announcement said it is to prevent vibration of the bridge.

“There is going to be a 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 12:00 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 on 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,” he said.

Popoola explained that the full closure of the bridge is necessary because, “If we allow vehicles to be moving on one lane, there is going to be vibrations and the concrete will not set properly.”

He also announced that there will be a partial closure of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway for 48 hours, beginning from Monday, December 28 to Tuesday, December 29, for the completion of some repairs.

The Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos was partially shut on July 24 for rehabilitation works and a series of repairs.

The repair expected to last six months was extended by one month due to the  #EndSARS protests in Lagos extending the completion date from January 2021 to February.

The thirdmainland bridge is the longest of the three bridges connecting Lagos Island to the Mainland.

Third Mainland Bridge To Be Closed For Repairs

 

Starting from midnight on Saturday, to 6:00 pm on Sunday, the Third Mainland Bridge will be totally shut to traffic on both sides.

This directive is coming ahead of the planned movement of equipment from one side of the bridge where repair work has been completed to the other.

Details later.

Third Mainland Bridge Closure: Lagos Govt To Shut Adekunle-Adeniji Axis For Repairs

BREAKING: Third Mainland Bridge Reopens
A file photo of a section of the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos

 

The Lagos State Government will shut the Adekunle-Adeniji axis of the Third Mainland Bridge for the second round of repairs.

According to a statement issued on Wednesday by the Ministry of Transportation, the closure will take place on Friday at midnight.

Bolanle Ogunlola, who signed the statement on behalf of the Public Affairs Unit, said the move is in “furtherance of the partial closure of the Third Mainland Bridge occasioned by the ongoing first phase rehabilitation works nearing completion.”

“The Lagos State Government has announced that there will be a total closure of the Adekunle to Adeniji section of the bridge for the second time from midnight of Friday 30th October to Sunday 1st November 2020,” the statement partly read.

The Commissioner for Transportation, Frederic Oladeinde, said: “This second phase closure of the repair works is coming two weeks behind schedule as a result of delays occasioned by the recent mayhem around the Lagos metropolis.”

Oladeinde noted that the decision to close the section of the bridge for repairs is “to prevent vibrations on the bridge during the casting-in-place of the newly installed expansion joints which in turn will allow the special concrete achieve its required compressive strength.”

He had earlier explained that the casting of the expansion joints would be in two phases due to the number of expansion joints that will be cast and to effectively manage the attendant traffic, hence, repair works slated for weekends to minimize inconveniences that may arise from the total closure.

While commending residents of the state for being patient since the commencement of the project, the commissioner said hinted that the previous alternative routes remain the same for road users to utilize during the closure period, while LASTMA and other Traffic Management Agencies will be on the ground to direct traffic for easy vehicular movement.

He also “assured that the section of the bridge between Adekunle and Iyana–Oworo still remains open, as well as Ebute Metta outbound section into Iyana-Oworo.”

FG To Totally Close Section Of Third Mainland Bridge From Friday

The Third Mainland Bridge was closed on July 24, 2020, for six months.
The Third Mainland Bridge was closed on July 24, 2020, for six months.

 

The Federal Government has announced its plan to completely close a section of Third Mainland Bridge for a period of two days, for repair works.

This was announced on Wednesday in a statement signed by the Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Joshua Popoola.

The total closure of the section of the bridge will take place from midnight of Friday, October 9 to midnight of Sunday, October 11 to allow the contractor complete the first stage of casting works.

The statement explained that the contractor currently carrying out repair works on the bridge is nearing completion of works on the closed section of Third Mainland Bridge and requires the total closure of both bounds of the bridge between Adeniji Adele and Adekunle to complete work.

“The total closure of this section of the bridge is to ensure that there is no vibration on the bridge during the casting in-place of the newly installed expansion joints. This is to allow for setting of the special concrete, which allows the concrete to achieve its required compressive strength,” the statement read in part.

Due to the number of expansion joints to be cast on the closed section of the bridge and the traffic situation in Lagos State, especially during the week days; the casting of the expansion joints will be in two stages to ensure that the total closure is only at the weekends, when there is less traffic plying the route.

The second total closure of the section of the bridge will be communicated at a later date.

The section of the bridge between Adekunle and Iyana – Oworo will still remain open, and traffic can move from Ebute-Metta/ Adekunle to Iyana – Oworo and vice – versa.

Fashola Inspects Federal Road Projects In Lagos, Appeals For Cooperation

 

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Tuesday commenced an inspection tour of the Federal Government’s road projects in Lagos State.

The minister kicked off the inspection at the Apapa-Oshodi-Ojota-Oworonshoki Expressway reconstruction project, then moved to the Third Mainland Bridge which has been partially shut for repairs.

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The bridge was shut on Friday, and will remain shut for the next six months as the repairs continue.

According to the Federal Controller of Works, Olukayode Popoola, a diversion has been created for the contractor handling the repairs to commence work on the outward lane of the island.

Popoola also explained that the inward lane has been left open to enable motorists to ply the road with ease while going about their businesses.

Commuters have, however, already begun to experience increased gridlock on the axis.

See video below.

 

In August 2018, the Third Mainland Bridge was shut for a three-day investigative maintenance; an underwater confirmatory test was also carried out in March 2019.

Also in 2019, a viral video indicating an unusual vibration of the bridge raised concerns over the bridge’s safety, but the Federal Government dispelled the rumours insisting that the bridge was structurally fit and poses no danger to users.

Meanwhile, further investigation revealed that the worn-out expansion joints of the cantilever bridge may not be posing an immediate threat to the structure at the time, but consistent use without carrying out the required maintenance work has left the bridge in bad shape.

While doing the inspection on Tuesday, Fashola urged Nigerians to endure the hardship and cooperate with the construction workers.

According to him, there is no better time than now, to begin the reconstruction.

See more photos of Fashola’s inspection below.