THIRD MAINLAND BRIDGE MAINTENANCE BEGINS
The first phase of the 3rd Mainland Bridge staggered rehabilitation which focused on Oworonshoki inward Lagos Island has flagged off, Saturday 25th July, while the morning traffic diversion commenced earlier, from 12.00 midnight to 1.00pm. Motorists from the Lagos Island inward Oworonshoki experienced traffic diversion in the afternoon from 1.00pm to 12.00 midnight.
Unlike the fears expressed by generality of the public on the suitability of the designated alternative routes, our roving correspondents found that Iddo inwards Carter Bridge, Market road inward Herbert Macaulay road, Herbert Macaulay road by Abeokuta street, Herbert Macaulay by Cemetery and Apapa inward Oyingbo have all been fixed.
Few of the travel advice to motorists are that, motorists heading towards Ikeja and Ikorodu road from Osborne Road, Ikoyi in the morning are to make use of Carter Bridge to access Eko Bridge through Ijora Olopa which will lead them through Funsho Williams Avenue to Dorman Long Bridge to Ikorodu, or use Carter Bridge to Iddo through Oyingbo to Herbert Macaulay to Jibowu and link Ikorodu Road.
Motorists coming from Victoria Island are advised to utilize Ozumba Mbadiwe Road to Falomo Bridge through Alfred Rewane to Old Kingsway Road, Osborn to Ilubirin and Carter Bridge. As a second option for this category of motorists, they are encouraged to takeBonny Camp to Independence Bridge to Marina Bridge through Apongbon to Eko Bridge, Ijora Olopa, Iddo and Oyingbo.
In the Afternoon, Road users inbound Lagos Island are advised to use Ojota on Ikorodu road to access Funsho Williams Avenue through Eko Bridge/Apongbon axis or utilize Ikorodu road to access Fadeyi/Jibowu/Yaba axis to access Oyingbo-Iddo to Carter Bridge
Alternatively, the state government urges motorists to drive via Oshodi/Charity through Agege Motor Road to access Cappa, to link Ilupeju Bypass or Mushin to get to Town Planning Way to link Ikorodu road. Or access Moshalasi/Idi-Oro from Mushin to access Funsho Williams avenue and connect Eko Bridge to get to Apongbon or use Empire road to access Yaba to link Oyingbo-Iddo axis.
In the same vein, Motorists coming from the International Airport to Lagos are advised to use Oshodi-Oke to get to Town Planning to link Ikorodu road.
Ahead of the commencement of work, the state government through the transportation commissioner, Dr. Frederic Oladehinde, had advised motorists who do not have urgent assignments on the Island to avoid the area from Friday 24th July, 2020, while those that must visit the area should consider the use of the dedicated BRT/LBSL buses to further reduce traffic congestions on the repair corridor.
He urged the road users to comply with the State’s Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on the laid down Traffic directions to minimize inconvenience in movement and ensure smooth and uninterrupted flow of work on the Bridge.
Oladehinde also advised Lagosians to make use of the Water Transportation by linking up with the various jetties in the metropolis for their journeys.
“Lagos State Government is hereby appealing to residents of the State, especially motorists that ply these corridors to bear the pains, as the project is aimed at ensuring safety of the people in an emerging Smart City’’ Oladeinde stated.
PHOTO CREDIT: Isaac Jimoh AyodeleShare