The Federal Government has responded to the concerns of Nigerians about the durability of Third Mainland Bridge, assuring that there are no chances of the bridge collapsing and that it is safe for driving.
Addressing the issue on behalf of the Federal government, Adaramola Kuti, the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, during a joint press conference with other stakeholders repudiated the video with claims that it is old, urging Lagosians to go about their daily lives without fear.
According to Kuti, the bridge was not constructed to be static, hence the existence of expansion joints.
He said that the Federal Government will not be shutting down the bridge for any form of construction. He also referred to the expansion joints, stating that they were replaced without the need to halt daily movements on it.
“We want to assure Lagosians that the Third Mainland Bridge is free, it is safe and we are not unmindful of the pains that Lagosians are currently going through with the rehabilitation work going on Lagos/Ibadan Expressway Way and Lagos/ Badagry Expressway.
“So, there is no way we will close the Third Mainland Bridge at this critical period,” he said.
Speaking also concerning the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway, Kuti said that construction had begun on the Kara to Berger bridge and that the road will be accessible by December 15.
“Though the rains did not allow us to work at a planned speed, once we finish the construction work inbound Lagos from Kara, we will not close the other end of the road as planned before. We will open both sides of the road by December 15 this year so that people can enjoy free flow of traffic, especially during the Yuletide. We will resume work on the other side in January,” he said.