In a bid to complete another round of delicate expansion joints replacement at the Third Mainland Bridge, Mr Olukayode Popoola, the Federal Controller of Works, Lagos State, announced on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, that the bridge would be shut down for three days. The shutdown is expected to commence by midnight of Friday, January 29, 2021, and end on the midnight of Monday, February 1, 2021.
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Commenting further, Mr Popoola revealed that ongoing construction works on the bridge has gotten to the stage of casting concrete on the additional three expansion joints, making it mandatory for movements capable of causing vibrations on the bridge to cease for the moment.
The 72 hours shutdown of the bridge is part of efforts to ensure that the concrete is properly set during the curing process as the Ministry looks towards ensuring a perfect and durable rehabilitation work on the bridge constructed in 1990 and adjudged the longest in Africa until the Oct. 6 Bridge in Cairo, Egypt was completed in 1996.
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‘Messers Boroni Prono is planning to cast three number expansion joints on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st. This will require total closure of Third Mainland bridge from 12:00 midnight of Friday 29th till midnight of Monday 1st February 2021. We are sorry for the inconveniences this may cause Lagosians.’
It will be recalled that the 11.8km bridge notable as one of the longest three bridges linking Lagos Island to the Mainland has been undergoing series of repairs and had to be shut down partially on July 24, 2020, for rehabilitation. Initially scheduled to last for six months, repair works had to be extended by one month due to the #EndSARS protests in October 2020.
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