Barrister Babatunde Raji Fashola, Minister of Works And Housing
The Federal Ministry of Works, FMW, has reopened the Third Mainland bridge shut down 12 midnight on boxing day for concrete work on its joints which was expected to take 72 hours.
According to the Federal Controller of Works for Lagos, Engr. Olukayode Popoola, the bridge closure was lifted 24 hours ahead of schedule.
Popoola while speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, on Sunday in Lagos, said that the total shutdown had to be lifted because the contractor was able to fast-track the delicate task they needed to execute.
He explained that the initially scheduled 72 hours timeline was achieved within 48 hours, hence the reopening to traffic 24 hours ahead of schedule.
Popoola announced that “we have completed the casting of the three number expansion joints on Third Mainland bridge”.
He further said that “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,” he reiterated.
A visit to the site showed motorists and other commuters in commercial buses regal in various attires being conveyed on the bridge to their various destinations.