Third Mainland Bridge repairs to gulp N1bn

Repairs on the Third Mainland Bridge and additional works on the bridge's expansion joints would cost the sum 

of N1.05billion, Bashir Yuguda, the Minister of State for Works said Friday, in Lagos.

The repairs, which involves the removal and replacement of 8 Nos of defective expansion joints, would be 

executed by M/S Borini Prono & Co. (Nig.) Ltd.

"This is the longest bridge in Africa and the federal government attaches a lot of importance to it," Mr. Yuguda 


Mr. Yuguda also debunked claims that the bridge would be closed to vehicular traffic throughout the four 

months the repairs would last.

"There will be no total closure, only partial closures for specific hours of the day," said Mr. Yuguda.

"We were ready to start work on 1st of July but mother nature did not allow us - we all witnessed torrential rains.

"There was never a time the federal government postponed the repair works indefinitely," he added.

'Less challenges'

With the first phase of the repairs having been completed in 2008 and which lasted for two months, the 

federal government stated that they would improve on the "hiccups" of four years ago during the second phase.

"We are going to do a lot of traffic management," Mr. Yuguda said.

Major repair works for the second phase would fully commence by midnight, Saturday, while traffic diversion will 

start the next day.

"We hope that Lagos will bear with us," said Giafranco Albertazz, Managing Director of 

M/S Borini Prono & Co. (Nig.) Ltd.

"We hope to finish on time, if not ahead of time," he added.

Kayode Opeifa, the Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, echoed Mr. Albertazz's views.

"In 2008 we had challenges more than what we have today and yet it was a smooth operation," Mr. Opeifa said.

"Nigerian army, police, civil defence corps and other security agencies are all on ground to provide security, not 

only for people working on the bridge but also to motorists," he added.

Traffic diversions

Vehicular traffic moving from the Oworonsoki end of the bridge towards the island will have "unhindered" access 

to the bridge between 12 midnight and 12 noon, according to Mr. Opeifa.

"When you get to Unilag (waterfront), you'll get a slight left move and then continue.

"At Adeniji Adele, another slight move to the left and you continue," Mr. Opeifa said.

At 12 noon the next day there will be a switch - vehicles from the island will be diverted at Adeniji Adele to 

Iddo via Carter Bridge.

At Iddo, motorists would have the options of Herbert Macaulay Way, Eko Bridge, and Ijora to continue their journey 

into the mainland.

"In 2008 we provided 500 traffic officers. This we are providing 700 to man the toll gate, Herbert Macaulay, and all 

the diversion points.

"They will work together with the other stakeholders," said Mr. Opeifa.

The first phase of the repairs will start on the Lagos Island bound carriageway between Ebute Metta interchange 

and Adeniji Adele end; while the second phase is on the Oworonsoki bound carriageway between Adeniji Adele and

Ebute Metta interchange.

The repairs are expected to be completed by November 5.









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  • concernednigerian

    Where is the money for the repairs of the third mainland bridge coming from? We need to get our act together and ask AREWA and the South-West to utilise their massive population and land mass into good use. Every populous country in the world use their economically active population to generate wealth. It is only in Nigeria that AREWA and the South-West breed almajiri and Area boys to constitute a drain on government revenue. Saudi Arabia, Libya and a host of other oil producing countries have a limited population but Nigeria is lumbered with indolent and ungrateful population awaiting oil revenue to sponsor their conspicuous and ostentatious consumption from the proceeds of oil from only a region of the country. Where will the money come from to fight Boko haram, Area boys and the teeming almajiri and at the same provide infrastructural development? Why must Lagos have a third mainland bridge in the first place? Was it to convey cocoa or groundnut to help supplement revenue from oil? Nigeria is too much of a burden to the South-South and the Middle-Belt and to a lesser extent the South-East. Let Nigeria move away from the unitary state to true federalism so that all the component part shall pull their weight otherwise Nigeria will collapse irrespective of who is in power.

    • Enemona

      Can’t we at least analyse issues better ragardless of which region/religion is involved? It is just nonsensical to analyse everything from the angle of tribe and faith which, most times, throw the substance of our argument out of the window. What point are you trying to make? This is just hogwash!

      What does the Third Mainland bridge have to do with “AREWA and the South-West “. Is it that you just choose to keep your thoughts narrow and myopic or that you’re just incapable of uncluttered and clear reasoning? People like you should just get busy and spare us these eyesores we see in Nigeria. Bullshit!