Lagos - The Lagos State Commissioner for Transport, Mr Kayode Opeifa, on Sunday said that the repair of the Third Mainland Bridge was a routine one aimed at safeguarding the transport infrastructure.
Opeifa said during the diversion of traffic from one of the four-lane bridge that the repairs would last four months.
He noted that similar repairs were carried out on the bridge in 2008 and urged members of the public to bear with the government.
“We know that during major repairs of this magnitude, there would be mixed feelings; there would be inconvenient to some. This repair work is supposed to be on a regular basis, so that members of the public should be use to it.
“We need to pay attention to this bridge. It is an 11-kilometre long bridge. But the traffic situation would be adequately managed. We appeal to motorists to be patient and careful,’’ Opeifa said.
It would be recalled that the Minister of Works, Mr Mike Onanormenmen, on Friday, in Lagos flagged off the second phase and additional works for the repairs of eight expansion joints of the Third Mainland Bridge.
Lagos State traffic officials, security agents, engineers from Borini Prono Construction Company handling the repair works, commenced the diversion of traffic from the Oworoshoki axis of the bridge at about 11.30 a.m. on Sunday.
Motorists going to Lagos Island were diverted to Oworoshoki-Ikorodu road, enroute Adekunle area, to the Island.
Some commuters at Iyana-Oworo bus stop, who were waiting for public transport at the entrance of the bridge, were stranded as they did not know about the diversion, NAN observed.
Mrs Edith Mamah, a housewife going to Obalende after church service said that she was surprised that that there were no vehicles plying the road from the Oworonshoki end.
Mamah said that they had spent about 30 minutes at the bus stop before they were informed about the diversion.
Another commuter, Bayo Adesanya, said that it would be difficult now for residents of Oworonshoki, a suburb of Lagos, to go to Lagos Island.
Traffic was low on the axis coming from the mainland, while officials of the police, the Federal Road Safety Corps, and the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, were seen managing the situation.