…Fashola admits the short-term hardship on motorists is better than the collapse of the nation’s longest and busiest bridge
The Federal Government has said that the Third Mainland Bridge will be closed for repairs on Friday at midnight until January next year.
While giving an update on Tuesday in Abuja about the major repairs to commence shortly on the nation’s longest bridge, Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, urged the motorists in Lagos to be patient with the renovation works.
Fashola clarified that the rehabilitation of the busiest bridge in the country was intended at replacing damaged mechanisms for an improved motoring experience. It was however stated that the maintenance to be executed is on the length of 3.5 kilometres out of the 11.8 kilometres of the bridge.
Activities in Lagos will be adversely affected based on the deliberate duration to fix the part of the bridge as heavy traffic cannot be ruled in the alternative routes.
The minister also admitted that the closure will result to hardship in the short term but explained that there was no other means to implement the maintenance works without shutting the bridge.
He added that it was better to endure hardship for six months than to allow the bridge to collapse, a capital project that would take years to fix.