Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, has sanctioned the reopening of Eko and Marine Bridges in Lagos for commuters on Monday, October 19, 2020.
The directive came after the Contractor handling the projects, Messrs. Buildwell Plant & Equipment Industries Limited reported to the Minister that the repair works on the First Phase had been completed 100 percent.
In his directives for the reopening of the Bridges, Fashola thanked Lagosians for their patience, understanding and cooperation while sections of the Bridges were closed also directed that members of the public should be informed of any restrictions to traffic while work is ongoing on the Second Phase of the project.
The Minister added that while the completed section of the Eko Bridge (Lagos Island Bound) should be reopened to traffic, work should commence immediately on the Alaka Bound side of the project.
The Federal Government has directed the shut down of the 1,350 metre Eko Bridge in March this year in order to replace faulty joints and bearings. But, as a result of COVID-19 lockdown, actual repair works commenced in the first week of June.
Work commenced in May on the first of the three phases in which repair works on the Marine Bridge was divided. The repairs on the Bridge, which is part of a network of complex bridges with several loops taking traffic in and out of the Apapa area of Lagos, included jacketing and skin repairs of the piers, lifting the bridge section deck in order to change the electrometric bearing, milling and placing a new wearing course of asphalt among others.
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