First it came as rumour that the all-important 3rd mainland bridge will be closed to traffic for repairs.

Some had said it would be shut for close to a month.

But it is now confirmed that the bridge would be closed for a few hours.

The minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has clarified that the bridge will be closed for only 3 days, from July 27 to 29 2018.

The closure, according to Fashola is to assess the condition of the bridge.

A statement on Monday said Fashola, spoke as guest on the Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

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The minister reportedly said the closure is necessary in order to ascertain whether there has been any material deterioration between the period the first procurement for maintenance of the bridge was approved and now.

He added that the three days would be used to examine the bridge to be sure that there had been no material deterioration beyond what was procured.

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He said: “The investigation would have been carried out earlier but the need to reduce the inconveniences that would accompany the closure compelled government to shift the time to a more convenient period when children would be on vacation and when fewer vehicles were likely to be on the bridge.”

The minister said it was only after the assessment of the amount of maintenance work involved that government engineers and contractors would lay out the plan of work.

“I think it is later in the year or early next year that the repairs will start,” Fashola added.

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