Lagos, Nigeria – In an effort to ensure the safety and aesthetics of the Third Mainland Bridge, the Federal Government has announced the commencement of comprehensive repair and maintenance works set to begin on Wednesday, November 1.
The Minister of Works, Engr. Dave Umahi, made this announcement during an inspection of several key bridges in Lagos Island, emphasizing that the proposed three-month maintenance is the first phase of a broader initiative to secure the integrity and visual appeal of the bridge.
The inspection, conducted over the weekend, covered a range of critical structures, including the Third Mainland Bridge, Carter Bridge, Independence Bridge, and Shoreline Protection at Marina, as well as Iganmu and Marine Beach bridges. The primary focus is on the Third Mainland Bridge, with plans for various improvements that will ensure its long-term functionality and safety.
The maintenance work on the Third Mainland Bridge will encompass several key elements, including the replacement of railings, installation of solar-powered lighting, and the implementation of CCTV cameras to enhance security. These measures aim to make the bridge safer and more visually appealing for the millions of commuters and residents who rely on it daily.
Minister Umahi has assured the public that the repair works will be conducted with minimal disruption to motorists. The repair schedule dictates that maintenance activities will take place only during off-peak hours, specifically between midnight and 4 a.m., and will be limited to weekends. This will help alleviate traffic congestion and ensure that commuters can continue using the bridge during its operation hours without significant interruptions.
Recognizing the urgency of the repair work, the Minister of Works also revealed that multiple contractors will be engaged to expedite the process and ensure that the repairs are completed efficiently. This multi-contractor approach is vital to meeting the project’s timeline and addressing the emergency nature of the work required to maintain the bridge’s integrity and safety.
The repair initiative will be carried out in phases, with this first phase focusing on aesthetics and initial structural repairs. Subsequent phases will address more extensive work, including the repairs of deflected slabs, bearings, piers, and pile caps, ensuring the bridge’s long-term sustainability and safety.
The Minister of Works, Engr. Dave Umahi, was joined on the inspection by key officials, including Director Bridges, Mr. Omotayo Awosanya; Director Highways, Southwest, Mr. Adedamola Kuti; Controller Works, Lagos, Mrs. Olukorede Kesha, as well as representatives from various contracting firms. The comprehensive repair and maintenance of the Third Mainland Bridge represent a significant step towards ensuring the safety and functionality of this vital transport artery for years to come.