According to Popoola, there is a consultation going on to put together a perfect traffic management architecture, which will likely warrant carrying out maintenance exercises on the Third Mainland Bridge.
“We want to do maintenance work on the Third Mainland Bridge very soon. Most likely on the 24th. We may close it on the 24th of July.
“We are still working out the modalities and when we perfect the traffic management plan we will move to site.
“Everything being expected for the repairs of the bridge arrived the country that is why we want to start the repairs now,’’ he said.
The Third Mainland Bridge which was built in 1990 has gone through a series of rehabilitation works in recent years, the last of which was shut in August 2018 for a three days investigative maintenance check.
Then, some components and gear needed for finalizing the maintenance of the longest bridge in Africa until 1996 when The 6th October Bridge in Cairo was completed were sourced abroad as they were not available anywhere in the country.
The 11.8km Third Mainland Bridge is the longest of three bridges connecting Lagos Island to the mainland, and it starts from Oworonshoki which is linked to the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway and the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and ends at the Adeniji Adele Interchange on Lagos Island.