From Okodili Ndidi, Abuja
The Federal Authorities on Tuesday gave causes for the partial closure of the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos State on Friday for repairs.
It mentioned there was no cash to overtake the whole bridge, therefore the repairs to place it in fine condition.
The job is anticipated to be accomplished subsequent January.
The bridge, thought of the busiest within the nation with common visitors fee of 132,702 automobiles per day, will likely be formally closed to highway customers by midnight of July 24.
Works and Housing Minister Babatunde Fashola addressed reporters in Abuja on the proposed upkeep of the bridge.
He mentioned the upkeep could be carried out on 3.5 kilometres out of the bridge’s 11.8-kilometre size.
Based on him, the rehabilitation of the bridge turned expedient because the broken parts have been rising.
Fashola mentioned the federal government can not afford to rebuild the bridge, whether it is left to break down.
He mentioned the Third Mainland Bridge, which hyperlinks the Lagos Island with the Lagos Mainland, was among the many bridges designated for upkeep after a complete evaluation of the 37 bridges throughout the nation.
The minister, who expressed concern concerning the hardship the closure of the bridge would deliver on Nigerians, added that it had change into mandatory to hold out the upkeep work.
He mentioned: “The development of the bridge spanned three many years and we can not afford to rebuild it, if we enable it to completely collapse. Infrastructure have to be maintained. After the work is completed, we could have a greater driving expertise on the bridge.”
Fashola mentioned N277 billion could be wanted to rehabilitate the 37 bridges throughout the nation.