INSIDEMAINLAND – The Federal Government (FG) says it will reopen the Lagos Airport Flyover after the tragic fire incident that engulfed the bridge on January 7, 2021.
This was announced on Wednesday by the Federal Controller of Works, Lagos State, Mr Olukayode Popoola.
He revealed that the rehabilitation work on the damaged Lagos Airport Flyover has been finalized and that operations were set to begin this month.
Popoola disclosed that the reconstruction project was done by hi-tech and emphasized the importance of concrete pavement to link the bridge.
He said: “The contractor has completed the work, it is just the approach to that Airport Bridge now which Hi-Tech will do the concrete work on.
“We could have opened it, but right in front of Ladipo, Hi-Tech needs to go and do the pavement.
“I spoke with them this morning, they will soon go and do it.
“As for the burnt Airport Bridge, the contractor has already completed the work.
“When we do concrete work, we give it a maximum of 18 days to solidify before we open the road to the public.
“So, before the end of this month, the bridge will be opened.”
He reiterated that the contractor has been mobilized to the site and has begun work on Section 2 of the project, which was recently awarded.
Popoola further revealed that they had to carry out tests to determine the structural integrity before they could contract an award for its rehabilitation.
He stated that Sections 1, 3, and 4 of the project were each at 95 percent completion.
According to reports, Section 1 spans from Liverpool Roundabout through Creek Road to Beachland near Sunrise and is about 10km, while Section 2 is 8.4km and spans from Beachland to Cele Bus Stop.
It was also gathered that the project was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari in November 2018 to resolve Apapa gridlock and ease port congestion.
The contract was awarded to AG Dangote Construction Company Limited at the cost of N73 billion under the Tax Credit Scheme of the Federal Government.
Confirming the progress of the job done, Poopola said the rehabilitation works have achieved over 65 percent completion.
He said: “Eko Bridge repair is progressing steadily, we are changing the remaining expansion joints towards Apongbon and we did not close the bridge but only diverted traffic, we did not close any lane.
“As I am speaking, we have achieved 65 percent completion.
“So far, we have changed up to 16 expansion joints.”