BY EMEKA EJERE
The federal government’s committed to the completion and reopening of the Third Mainland Bridge to traffic on February 15, Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said.
Fashola, who stated this during an inspection of the bridge on Thursday, assessed ongoing construction works as well as the planned diversion shifts on the bridge which will take effect from Friday, Jan. 15 to Feb. 13.
The minister expressed hope that work on the bridge would be completed and reopened to traffic on February 15 to enable the government begin work on the Falomo Bridge.
According to him, work on the Falomo Bridge was being delayed to avert the gridlock that may ensue.
“On Third Mainland Bridge most of our work is almost done, we lost two weeks during the civil protest and our completion date earlier was towards the end of January, that has slipped”, Fashola explained.
“We are hoping that by 15th of February we should be done and the bridge should be opened to the public.
“That is one of the reasons why I also came to see how far and when this bridge will be opened to the public because this is delaying our work on Falomo Bridge.
“We have done some work on Falomo Bridge. We are going to have to close Falomo Bridge as soon as this is done so that we can also replace the expansion joints there.
“All the other preliminary work has been done there, but we left it in order to reduce the inconvenience to commuters in and around Lagos.
“So, the Eko Bridge that was closed is opened now, this one (Third Mainland Bridge) is going to be opened by February. 15,.’