If work and live on the opposite ends of Lagos, then prepare to use the Eko bridge from Thursday, August 23 to Sunday, August 26.

The Third Mainland Bridge would be temporarily shut down for four days starting from midnight of August 23 to midnight of August 26.

This is to allow for “investigative maintenance test” to be carried out on the 30-year-old bridge.

The Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Ade Akinsanya stated this in a statement on Sunday.

He explained that the decision was taken after due consultation with the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing. 

The four-day closure, according to Akinsanya, will enable the contractors assess the true state of the bridge after which repair works would commence by the end of the year or early in 2019. 

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“The Third Mainland Bridge which was opened about 30 years ago by the then military government has had haphazard maintenance and repairs in the past which the present Federal Government is committed to correct by carrying out proper and continuous maintenance and repairs on it,” said Akinsanya. 

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All traffic management agencies including the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the Police have been mandated to ensure smooth flow of traffic on all the other alternative roads and traffic corridor across the metropolis to ensure free flow of traffic.

But even then, it will greatly help if residents minimize non-essential travel and movements during the four-day closure.

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