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7/18/2020

Third Mainland Bridge : Alternative Routes Ready For Use - Lagos State Government


The Government of Lagos State has carried out and completed rehabilitation of alternative routes to be used during closure of the Third Mainland Bridge.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, made the announcement in a statement in Ikeja. The statement which was signed by the Head of Public Affairs Unit Mrs Bolamale Ogunlola gave an update on the Bridge and the level of preparedness of Lagos State government to commence usage of the alternative routes which is slated for 24th July 2020.

He further stressed that provision of the alternative routes was in line with the State Government’s agenda to ensure safety and free flow of traffic at all times.

According to him, the repair of the bridge by the Federal Ministry of Works, expected to last six months, is to fix worn out expansion joints of the bridge.

Oladeinde said

" Iddo inwards Carter Bridge, Market Road inwards Herbert Macaulay Road and Herbert Macaulay Road by Abeokuta Street as well as Herbert Macaulay by Cemetery and Apapa Road inwards Oyingbo has been fixed."

"The first phase of the bridge rehabilitation would focus on Oworonshoki inwards Lagos Island in the morning with traffic diversion from 12.00 midnight to 1.00 p.m."

Speaking further he said, Lagos Island inwards Oworonshoki will divert traffic in the afternoon from 1.00 p.m. to 12.00 midnight.

“Different options have been provided for motorists to navigate their journeys.

“We advise motorists heading towards Ikeja and Ikorodu Road from Osborne Road, Ikoyi in the morning to make use of Carter Bridge to access Eko Bridge through Ijora Olopa.

“This will lead them through Funsho Williams Avenue to Doman Long Bridge to Ikorodu or to use Carter Bridge to Iddo through Oyingbo to Herbert Macaulay to Jibowu and link Ikorodu Road.

“We advise motorists coming from Victoria Island to utilise Ozumba Mbadiwe Road to Falomo Bridge through Alfred Rewane to Old Kingsway Road, Osborne to Ilubirin and Carter Bridge.

Oladeinde said that as a second option, motorists are advised to take Bonny Camp to Independence Bridge to Marina Bridge through Apongbon to Eko Bridge, Ijora Olopa, Iddo and Oyingbo.

“In the afternoon, road users inbound Lagos Island are advised to use Ojota on Ikorodu road to access Funsho Williams Avenue through Eko Bridge/Apongbon axis or to utilise Ikorodu road to access Fadeyi/Jibowu/Yaba axis to access Oyingbo-Iddo to Carter Bridge.”

Advising motorists he said that they could also use Oshodi/Charity through Agege Motor Road to access Cappa to link Ilupeju By-pass or Mushin to get to Town Planning Way to link Ikorodu Road.

Also, Moshalasi/Idi-Oro from Mushin to access Funsho Williams Avenue and connect Eko Bridge to get to Apongbon or use Empire Road to access Yaba to link Oyingbo-Iddo axis will be accessed and those coming from the International Airport to Lagos were advised to use Oshodi-Oke to get to Town Planning Way to link Ikorodu road.

Oladeinde pointed out that the  rehabilitation works were going on at other routes highlighted for traffic diversions to enhance free flow of traffic during the rehabilitation.

Motorist who do not have important things to do during the rehabilitation were advised to avoid the area to discourage influx of vehicular movements.
People were also advised to make use of water transportation by using various jetties in the metropolis for their trips.
Oladeinde noted that people who must visit the area should consider the use of the dedicated BRT/LBSL buses to reduce traffic congestion on the repair corridor.

He said

"We urge all road users to comply with Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) directives to minimise inconveniences on the roads."

“Lagos State Government is hereby appealing to residents of the state, especially motorists that ply these corridors to bear the pains as the project is aimed at ensuring safety of the people in an emerging smart city.”

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