… Partially closes the Lagos-Ibadan expressway for 48 hours
The federal supervisor of works, Lagos, Mr. Olukayode Popoola, yesterday announced the 72-hour complete closure of the Third Land Bridge to pour concrete on three dilatations from Tuesday to Saturday to midnight.
Popoola, who spoke with the NAN in Lagos, added that construction work has reached the stage of pouring concrete on an additional three expansion joints.
He said: “There will be a complete closure of the Third Land Bridge to allow the casting of three numerous expansion joints on the Island Bound strip
“The date of entry into force will be from 12 midnight on December 25. Thus, people will be allowed to use the Third Land Bridge to celebrate Christmas.
“As Christmas progresses, which is 12 midnight, we will close it, so that we will be able to pour the concrete on Saturday, the 26th and 27th, again.
“And it takes us about 72 hours for the concrete to set. Therefore, the opening will be at midnight on December 27, ie closing at 72 o’clock.
“This is to prevent the bridge from vibrating. If we allow vehicles to move in one lane, vibrations will occur and the concrete will not be laid properly. “
The controller said that all alternative routes are in good condition and that traffic regulation agencies have been deployed to efficiently redirect and manage traffic to avoid congestion.
He appealed to traffic participants to cooperate with traffic regulation agencies.
Popoola also announced a 48-hour partial closure of the Lagos-Ibadan highway from Dec. 28-29 to complete some bridge overpass work on the project.
“The contractor, Messers Julius Berger, wants to place the crossbeams at kilometer 16, that is, around the MFM,” he said.
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He explained that the piers were already standing on both sides of the road, and the contractor was to lay a beam across the road.
He said: “The area will be fenced off, the closure of that part will be held from noon on December 28 and it will be opened to traffic by 5am the next day.
“At 200 meters to that particular place, we have a turn and another turn at 200 meters from that place.
“One lane will be released, we will only close one lane at a time. The first lane that we will close is the outer Lagos, it is the road that is connected to Ibadan, we will close it on the 28th. “
“And then the next day, the 29th, we move to another lane in the interior of Lagos. The same 12:00 to 05:00 “, said Popoola.
He appealed to the patience and understanding of traffic participants saying the construction is part of the progress the Federal Government has made on the project.
“We regret all the inconveniences and difficulties that this could have created,” he said.
He said that all construction zones have been cleaned and the highway is open for traffic, which is responsible for unhindered movement on the road.
The third land bridge in Lagos, which was undergoing repairs, had to be partially closed on July 24, due to another round of rehabilitation works.
The repair, which was expected to take six months, has been extended by a month due to the recent #EndSARS protests in Lagos, which extended the completion date from January 2021 to February.
Construction was initially divided into two phases of three months each on August, starting in August with Oworonsoki with a berth whose completion took four months.
The traffic was partially diverted on a 3.5 km stretch where construction is underway between the ramp Adenia Adenia and Ebute Meta, while different time zones have been allocated to divert traffic on the bridge.
The 11.8-kilometer bridge is the longest of the three bridges connecting the island of Lagos and the mainland.
The bridge starts from Oworonshoki, which is connected to the Apapa-Oshodi expressway and the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, and ends at the Adeni Adele junction on the island of Lagos.
Built in 1990, the bridge was declared the longest in Africa until 1996, when the bridge in Cairo, Egypt, was completed on October 6.
On the other hand, the reconstruction / rehabilitation of the Lagos-Ibadan highway was marked in 2013 by former President Goodluck Jonathan and awarded to two companies.
Julius Berger is building the first section that stretches from Oyota in Lagos to the Sagamu junction, while the RCC operates from the Sagamu junction to Ibadan.
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