There will be some respite for Lagosians as the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has directed that Eko and Marine bridges be reopened to traffic on Monday,Oct 19th,2020.
This followed the completion of urgent repair work done on both Bridges.
The approval for the reopening which was given by the Minister on Friday was sequel to the report by the contractor handling the projects, Messrs. Buildwell Plant & Equipment Industries Limited that the repair works on the First Phase had been completed 100 percent.
In his directives for the reopening of the bridges, Fashola thanked Lagosians for their patience, understanding and cooperation throughout the period of closure.
He also directed that members of the public should be informed of any restrictions to traffic while work was ongoing on the Second Phase of the project.
The Minister added that while the completed section of the Eko Bridge (Lagos Island bound) should be reopened to traffic, work should commence immediately on the Alaka bound side of the project.
Explaining further on the next phase of repair works on the bridges, the Director, Highways (Bridges & Designs) in the Ministry, Engr. Emmanuel Adeoye, said work was taking off without the need for either partial or complete closure of the bridges, adding, however, that the public would be informed adequately should such a step become necessary.
The 1,350 metre Eko Bridge, built in phases between 1965 and 1975, links the Lagos Island to the Mainland. It was closed to traffic in March this year in order to replace faulty joints and bearings. But, as a result of COVID-19 lockdown, actual repair works commenced in the first week of June.
Work commenced in May on the first of the three phases in which repair works on the Marine Bridge was divided.