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Fashola Blames Previous Govts. for 3rd Mainland Bridge’s Deplorable State

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…as Lagos State assures of effective traffic while repair work lasts

The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has said the third (3rd) Mainland bridge currently undergoing repairs got to this bad state as a result of long time of neglect by successive governments in Nigeria.

He added that other federal government projects in the State equally suffered neglect by past governments in the Country.

Fashola made the remarks in Lagos recently, when he paid an official inspection visit to the on-going construction work on the bridge to ascertain the status of the work done and the impact of its partial closure on traffic movement.

Accompanied by the Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, Special Adviser to Governor Sanwo-Olu on Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Aramide Adeyoye, Special Adviser to Governor Sanwo-Olu on Transportation, Hon. Toyin Fayinka, South West Federal Controller of Works, Engr. Adedamola Kutti and other top government officials, Fashola stated that his visit was to lend support to his team of engineers and other crew who had been on ground since about two weeks in preparation for the repair works.

He said that his men had concluded their scientific laboratory works in Abuja before they came down to Lagos for practical field work to fix the worn out expansion joints and other maintenance works required to keep the 11.8 Kilometre bridge in good shape.

“As you would have noticed, Eko bridge is also undergoing repairs, likewise, Apapa, Oworonshoki, Apongbon, we just completed Liverpool bridge, Gbagada/Oworonshoki is on-going, and many other bridges like this , this is as a result of many years of not working or maintaining them by successive governments. This government is therefore faced with the reality of repairing and maintaining all these bridges and other federal projects across the Country for the safety and benefit of our people. I want to thank you sincerely for your level of cooperation so far while I assure you that we will continue to collaborate to ensure there is less pressure on commuters as a result of this work,’’ Fashola assured.

Other bridges which the Minister said works are either completed or on- going include; Marine bridge, Apapa, Cara bridge, Lagos-Ibadan Express Way, Falomo bridge, Lagos Island, Ojuelegba, Eko bridge, Apongbon, Obalende among others, blaming the simultaneous repair works on those bridges on lack of maintenance by previous governments.

While expressing happiness that the impact of the partial closure was not much on vehicular movement when he and his team inspected vehicular movement from Oworonshoki in bound Lagos to Adekunle and Adeniji Adele end of the 3rd Mainland bridge, the former Lagos State Governor ordered operatives of the Federal Safety Corps (FRSC) and Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) to immediately move away from the main bridge where construction work was currently on going to the alternative route areas where there is likely to be congestions, especially during the peak hours.

He commended the Lagos State Government for effectively managing the situation through the rehabilitation of various alternative routes and provision of adequate traffic management Officials.

The Minister urged Lagosians to be calm as the federal government would work hard and collaborate with the Lagos State Government to ensure that the repair work does not extend beyond its stipulated period.

Earlier, Oladeinde while briefing the Minister on the traffic management strategy adopted to ensure free vehicular movement, disclosed that about 650 LASTMA personnel have been deployed by his Ministry to support about 250 FRSC men on ground to direct traffic and ensure less congestions while the construction works lasts.

He stated that since just about 25 per cent of the 3rd Mainland bridge users are going to be affected, the State Government through the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure have done palliative work to ensure alternative routes are motorable to ease congestions, while also increasing the number of BRT fleets plying Lagos Island corridor to reduce influx.

The Commissioner also advised Lagosians to make use of the waterways by linking up with the various jetties in the metropolis to reduce travel time, adding that the State Government in consideration of the likely increase in the use of water routes has provided improved safety guideline and measures for ferry operators.

He allayed the fear of the residents over the partial closure of the bridge urging road users to comply with the LASTMA and the FRSC on the laid down traffic directions to minimise inconveniences in movement and ensure free flow of traffic.

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