The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos State, Mr Adedamola Kuti, on Sunday said that traffic arrangements underway to begin another phase of major repairs on the Third Mainland Bridge.
Kuti told newsmen in Lagos that results of investigative tests on the bridge were ready and that contractors would move to site at the completion of the traffic management architecture.
“Any moment from now, once I get our traffic plans approved, we may be announcing to the world again that we are now ready to fix Third Mainland Bridge, based on investigative tests we had last year.
“Meanwhile, we have already completed the resurfacing and the markings, such that you can now drive on Third Mainland Bridge smoothly. “We are also going to repair some of the piles of pillars carrying the bridge; that is the next phase that we are doing. So work will soon begin on Third Mainland Bridge.’’
Kuti said that the Buhari administration was committed to fixing bridges in Lagos as evident in the number of bridges that had been repaired in the state, with many more receiving attention.
“This government has very good plans for bridges. Since I came on board, about a year ago, we have completed maintenance and repair works on Leventis Bridge, damaged by fire in 2016 where a whole deck collapsed. “We have also completely repaired the Ijora-7Up Bridge, Coconut Bridge and the burnt Marine Beach Bridge repair while maintenance work is ongoing on the Independence Bridge on the Island.
“Work is also ongoing on the Dorman Long Bridge, the Ojuelegba Bridge as well as Alaka Bridge,’’ he stated.
The controller, however, condemned illegal trading and other activities under bridges in Lagos, noting that some of such activities had caused fire and damaged bridges in the past.
Kuti similarly, condemned indiscriminate parking on bridges, saying that bridges were designed for the movement of vehicles and not as parks