After the 16 week partial closure of the Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos, the Federal Government has announced that the bridge would be reopened today (Tuesday 30th October, 2012), one week ahead of the scheduled delivery date of November 6, 2012.
The bridge had been partially closed since July 7 to enable the contractor, Messrs Boroni Prono and Company Limited, to replace eight expansion joints on the bridge for a contract sum of N1bn.
According to Punch, the Special Adviser to the Minister of Works on Media, Mr. Tony Ikpasaja, confirmed the reopening of the bridge in a telephone conversation with one of their correspondents yesterday.
He said the Minister of Works, Mr. Mike Onolememen, will open the rehabilitated bridge to motorists at a ceremony that will also have in attendance federal and Lagos State government officials and other stakeholders.
The reopening of the bridge will come as a welcome relief to motorists and commuters, who have had to connect Lagos Island, Victoria Island, Lekki, Ajah and Epe from different parts of the mainland through Western Avenue due to restriction of vehicular movement on the bridge from 12 noon to 12am, while opening for movement to the mainland within the same time.
This news comes as a relief to me. Commuting to the Island from the Mainland has been such a headache these past few months and I’m glad the rehabilitation work has been completed. How about you? How do you feel about the reopening of the Third Mainland Bridge? Has the partial closure of the bridge affected you in any way recently?