Lagos - The Lagos State Government on Friday announced that the Third Mainland Bridge would be closed to traffic on Monday, Aug. 20, between 11.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m.
Mr Kayode Opeifa, the state Commissioner for Transportation, stated this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
The Federal Government had on July 8 commenced repair works on the Third Mainland Bridge and it is expected to end on Nov. 6.
"The total diversion of traffic on the bridge on Monday is highly imperative since the Phase 1 (inbound Lagos Island) of the repair works will be completed by Sunday night.
"And the contractor, Messrs Borini Prono, will immediately commence the repair of the five expansion joints inbound Oworoshoki.
"On Monday, no vehicle will be allowed on the bridge from 11.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. in order to ensure the easy movement of equipment to be used for Phase 2 repair works," Opeifa said.
The commissioner, while commending Lagosians for their perseverance, said that during the Phase 2 repair works which would begin on Tuesday, the change over time would be between 12 noon and 12.30 p.m. inbound Lagos and 12.30 p.m. inbound Ikeja.
Opeifa reminded motorists that during the Phase 2 repair works, same diversion plan on traffic management would be implemented.
He urged motorists to follow the usual diversion plan by making use of their regular alternative routes, and obey officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), who were on the roads to give traffic instructions and render assistance.