The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Boboye Oyeyemi, has alerted motorists to diversion and safety precautions they will soon experience on the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos during the planned rehabilitation of the infrastructure.
The Federal Government had announced plans to shut down the bridge for maintenance work from July 24 to January 24, 2021. In a statement issued by the Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, yesterday, Oyeyemi said that the bridge would be partially closed for three months for the first phase of the job.
The corps marshal, who said the first phase of the project would cover the rehabilitation of the Oworonshoki bound lanes, added that another three months for the second phase would cover the repair of the Lagos bound lanes.
“Traffic will be diverted to make way for the maintenance work on the bridge. The expected diversion for Phase A in the morning will be from 12.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. Motorists plying from Oworonshoki to Lagos Island traffic will only be on the Lagos Island bound lanes.
“In the afternoon, from 1.00 p.m. to 12.00 a.m., motorists travelling from Lagos Island to Oworonshoki will only be on the Lagos Island bound lanes,’’ he said.
According to the FRSC boss, alternative routes have been provided for motorists plying from Ikoyi, through Osborne, as a result of the closure. Oyeyemi further said that motorists from Obalende on Lagos Island intending to use the bridge “are advised to navigate through Carter Bridge-Iddo-Oyingbo-Adekunle-Herbert Macaulay way-Jibowu-Ikorodu road and connect their destination’’.
Alternatively, he said, they should pass through Carter Bridge-Ijora Causeway – (Ijora Olopa by LAWMA Office) Eko Bridge through Funsho Williams Avenue-Ikorodu Road for further transit.
“Motorists from Lekki/Victoria Island intending to use the Third Mainland Bridge are advised to use the Ozumba Mbadiwe road or Ahmadu Bello Way-Bonny Camp Independence Bridge (Mekunwen Bridge) – Onikan (by Zone 2 Police Zonal Headquarters) – Marina Bridge-Apongbon-Eko Bridge-Funsho Williams Avenue to Ikorodu and so forth.
“For road users driving inwards Adekunle from Adeniji and from Lekki/Ikoyi/Obalende/Lagos Island, they are advised to Link Cater Bridge-Iddo-Oyingbo-Ebute Metta-Adekunle to advance further.’’
The commission advised motorists intending to use the bridge during the maintenance period to go through the alternative routes identified. FRSC also urged them to comply with traffic rules and regulations as the corps personnel and other law enforcement agents will be on the ground to ensure ease of movement on all routes.