The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has said the Federal Government is working effectively and assiduously to ensure the speedy completion of repair work on the Third Mainland Bridge and reopen the bridge on February 15.
Fashola made this known while carrying out an inspection of the ongoing construction work.
He also mooted the planned diversion shifts on the bridge which he said will take effect from January 15 to February 13.
The minister said the FG was committed to reopening the bridge on February 15 to enable the government to begin work on the Falomo Bridge.
He stated that work on the Falomo Bridge should have commenced but was delayed to avert the gridlock that may ensue.
While speaking to Journalists, Fashola said that “On the Third Mainland Bridge most of our work is almost done, we lost two weeks during the civil protest and our completion date earlier was towards the end of January, that has slipped,”
“We are hoping that by 15th of February we should be done and the bridge should be opened to the public.
“That is one of the reasons why I also came to see how far and when this bridge will be opened to the public because this is delaying our work on Falomo Bridge.
“We have done some work on Falomo Bridge, we are going to have to close Falomo Bridge as soon as this is done so that we can also replace the expansion joints there”.
“All the other preliminary work has been done there, but we left it in order to reduce the inconvenience to commuters in and around Lagos.
“So, the Eko Bridge that was closed is opened now, this one (Third Mainland Bridge) is going to be opened by February 15.”
He further stated that the Lagos State Government would be consulted before the closure of the Falomo Bridge is effected.
You would recall that, the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos was partially shut on July 24, 2020, for rehabilitation works.