The Federal Government has announced that the Third Mainland will be closed to traffic for 72-hours, starting from midnight on Christmas day, December 25.
The Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Mr Olukayode Popoola, disclosed this on Tuesday, adding that this was to allow casting of concrete on the expansion joints by the contractor, he had told the News Agency of Nigeria.
He said construction works had reached the stage for casting concrete on additional three expansion joints.
“There is going to be total closure of Third Mainland Bridge to allow for the casting of three number expansion joints on the Island Bound lane
“The effective date of the closure will be from midnight of 25th of December, so people will be allowed to use the Third Mainland Bridge to celebrate Christmas.
“By the time the Christmas is winding down which is midnight, we are going to close it so that we will be able to cast the concrete on Saturday the 26th and 27th we cast again.
“We need about 72 hours for this concrete to set. Therefore, the opening will be on the 28th December midnight that is 72-hour closure.
“This is to prevent vibration of the bridge. If we allow vehicles to be moving on one lane, there is going to be vibrations and the concrete will not set properly,” he said.
The controller said that all the alternative routes were in good condition and traffic regulatory agencies had been deployed to effectively divert and manage traffic to avert gridlock.
He appealed to road users to cooperate with traffic regulatory agencies.
Popoola also announced a 48- hour partial closure of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway from Dec. 28 to Dec. 29 to complete work on a flyover on the project at Kilometre 16.
“The contractor, Messers Julius Berger wants to install cross beams at Kilometre 16, that is, around MFM,” he said
“That area will be cordoned off, there will be closure within that section from noon on 28th of December and it will be opened to traffic by 5.00am the following day.
“200 metres to get to that particular location we have diversion and another diversion 200 metres away from that place.”