The Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr. Adedamola Kuti, has announced that the Third Mainland bridge would be closed for repairs adding that consultations had begun in earnest for the closure.
Kuti who did not specify the exact date the bridge would be closed to traffic or how long the repair works would last noted that the Ministry of works was going to hold a meeting with stakeholders on the closure tomorrow, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. to discuss how to manage traffic during the repairs.
According to him, stakeholders attending the meeting to discuss the repairs include traffic regulatory agencies, transport unions, truck owners, drivers’ unions, and law enforcement agents, among others.
“The Federal Executive Council has approved the maintenance work on the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos State. The project has taken off already and in carrying out the work, we may, at certain times, be shutting down the bridge for maintenance,” he said.
He concluded that: “At the moment, we may begin with tests on the bridge; so, we may shut it by 12 midnight on Thursday and carry out tests and some repairs and open it to traffic by midnight on Sunday.”
The development has since generated mixed reactions from social media users who condemned the announcement by the agency.
A Twitter user, Derinola said: “The uncertainties surrounding the closure is enough to explain the lack of seriousness about the entire project. Who announces a news of this nature saying ‘may shut’?”
Another user, KvngKunta tweeted saying: “Maybe it is time to finally choose my sanity over needless thoughts that FG would finally get something right. Too bad!”