On Tuesday, December 22, the Lagos State government, through its Federal Controller of Works, Mr Olukayode Popoola, announced that it is shutting down the Third Mainland Bridge for 72 hours.
Here are the facts as we know it
- As soon as it is 12:00 midnight on Christmas day (December 25), the bridge will be shut down and no one will be allowed access. This is in order to effectively cast the three number expansion joints on the island-bound lane.
- The bridge will be reopened on the 28th of December as the concrete will have had enough time to set without having to deal with cars creating vibrations when they move on it.
Lagos-Ibadan expressway will be closed partially
You should also know that the Lagos-Ibadan expressway will be partially closed. The closure will occur at Kilometer 16, that is, around MFM because Julius Berger Nigeria Plc will be installing cross beams and one lane will be closed at a time.
The lane taking people to Ibadan will be closed from 12:00pm on December 28 and will be reopened by 5pm on December 29. The lane going to Lagos State will be closed by 12:00pm on the 29th and reopened by 5pm the next day.
There will be diversions 200 metres before and after each closed area. According to the controller, alternative routes are in good condition for people who are using any of the affected roads. Traffic management agencies have also been deployed to effectively divert travellers.
As this is a busy season for every entrepreneur, it is necessary to plan your travels ahead of time to make sure you get less stress and more rest. While you do your Christmas shopping or plan deliveries of your fashion items to or from Lagos, remember the closure dates and plan around it.