As repairs set to begin, concrete barriers have been set up at the mouth of the 11.8km Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos on Friday night.
The barriers signaled the beginning of repairs of the 30-year-old bridge and its partial closure for the next six months.
The first location to be blocked was the outbound multi-lane at Adeniji Adele, which carries traffic from the Lagos Island to the Lagos mainland at Oworonsoki.
The barriers will be in place till noon Saturday before been opened for traffic. Simultaneously, some other set of concrete barriers will block traffic from Oworonsoki’s end, going to Lagos.
The blockade will also be in place till midnight when it will be opened for traffic coming into Lagos
The alternating open and close is a rhythm Lagosians plying the bridge must master in the next six months as the Third Mainland bridge goes into repair mode.
The Federal Controller of Works, Olukayode Popoola, explained the rhythm to Channels TV:
“In the morning when you are going to resume your work, right from Oworonshoki, you use the same line that you normally use to go and work.
“By 12 in the afternoon, we close this lane so you can now divert. We have created diversion as you can see it,” he said.
Minister of Works, Babatunde Fashola explained that the maintenance of the busiest bridge in the country was aimed at replacing damaged components for a better motoring experience.
The maintenance is to be carried out on a length of 3.5 kilometers out of 11.8 kilometers of the bridge.
Residents in Lagos have, however, taken to social media to air their displeasure over the development.
See some reactions below;
Third Mainland bridge could have been closed for repair works during the first or second week of lockdown. Many countries used that window of no movement to fix major road networks.
— Seyi Akinseloyin (@SAkinseloyin) July 25, 2020
Third mainland bridge is finally locked🙆🏽♀️🙆🏽♀️🙆🏽♀️🙆🏽♀️ the stress am about to face for the next 3 month ehn😭😭😭😭😭
— AJÍKÉ 💙 (@baniaz06) July 25, 2020
Transport cost has tripled within the past 4 months
Covid-19 led to reduction of loading capacity and doubled prices. Now, third mainland bridge is locked and prices are up another 50%
All of this with bad roads and terrible traffic jams in Lagos
Cost is up, quality the same.
— A ¦ W ¦ R ¦ S ¦ F (@isaacwalex) July 25, 2020
How did the lockdown of third mainland bridge is affecting you so far? Me 🙆😓😰 traffic jam is hell.
— JEJE (#wegoblow) (@SkaigalGEETU) July 25, 2020
If you don’t have any important place to go today in Lagos better stay in your house. The traffic on the road right now trying to link Ikorodu through Iddo road is crazy. Third mainland bridge is closed Ikorodu is a red zone right now !!
— Mobolaji Ejike 😅😎 (@kuppylee) July 25, 2020