The Lagos State Government says motorists in the state would experience complete diversion of traffic from the Third Mainland Bridge on July 29 and August 5, 2012. Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Kayode Opeifa, said in Alausa, Lagos on Tuesday, that the diversion would start from 6am and end at 12 midnight on the two days.
The commissioner explained that traffic on the bridge needed to undergo total diversion on the two days to allow for the concrete casting of the three expansion joints currently undergoing repair. He said, “The concrete casting and drying process requires zero vibration, hence the complete diversion of vehicular traffic away from the bridge from Oworonshoki end to Adeniji Adele end on Sunday, July 29 and Sunday, August 5, 2012.
“During the diversion, motorists inward Lagos Island and Ikeja would be restricted from having access to the bridge from 6am to 12am on both days.” Opeifa appealed for patience, saying the repair works and diversions were to ensure safety of motorists.
He urged motorists approaching the bridge from the Lagos end to follow the diversion at Adeniji Adele Interchange to Carter Bridge, and then link Iddo interchange where they can easily connect Ikeja, Ojota, Ketu, Ikorodu, Agege, Lagos Ibadan Expressway, Alimosho, Oshodi, Abule Egba amongst others via Eko Bridge, Herbert Macaulay Road and Apapa – Oshodi Expressway.
The Commissioner added that those going to Lagos Island would be diverted at Oworonshoki to connect Ikorodu Road (via Anthony Interchange) to link either Jibowu to Muritala Muhammed Way to Iddo or continue to Eko Bridge through Funsho Wiliams Avenue; or Agege Motor Road (via Oshodi Interchange) to link Moshalasi to either Jibowu to Murtala Mohamed Way and Apapa – Oshodi Expressway through Mile 2 to connect Ijora and then Lagos Island.
The Federal Government commenced repair works on eight expansion joints on the bridge on July 8. The repair works and traffic diversion are expected to last for four months.