Closure of third Mainland Bridge: FG seeks cooperation of commuters

Traffic on the third mainland bridge lagos
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Emeh Joy

The Federal Government and the Lagos State Government have urged commuters to cooperate with the relevant agencies during the six-month partial closure of the Third Mainland Bridge for maintenance work as planned.

Earlier on Monday, the FG had announced its intention to partially close the bridge from July 24 to January 24, 2021, for maintenance work.

The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Olukatode Popoola said that necessary measures were being put in place in order to reduce gridlock during the partial closure of the bridge.

Popoola who spoke during a press briefing on Tuesday said that there would be diversion in two phases during the partial closure of the bridge.

He said, "Phase one of the diversion, which will last three months for the repair of the Oworonsoki bound lane of the Third Mainland Bridge, will be for morning traffic from 12 a.m to 1 p.m from Oworonshoki to Lagos Island on the Lagos Island-bound lane, while afternoon traffic from 1 p.m to 12 a.m would be from Lagos Island to Oworonsoki on the Lagos Island-bound lane.

"The phase two of the diversion, which will also last three months for the repair of the Lagos Island-bound lane of the Third Mainland Bridge, will be for morning traffic from 12 a.m to 1 p.m from Oworonsoki to Lagos Island on the Oworonshoki bound lane, while the afternoon traffic from 1 p.m. to 12 a.m will be from Lagos Island to Oworonsoki on the Oworonshoki lane".

The state Commissioner for Transportation, Frederic Oladeinde also spoke during the briefing.

Oladeinde said priority would be given to commuters from the Mainland to the Island in the morning and afternoon to use the Third Mainland Bridge while those driving against the traffic would use the alternative routes.

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