Third Mainland Bridge phase one rehabilitation almost completed- Controller

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The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr Olukayode Popoola on Friday assured that Third Mainland Bridge repairs was rapidly progressing and the first phase would be delivered on schedule in October.

Popoola told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that almost all the bad expansion joints had been pulled out and the replacement would begin with clemency of weather.

He said with the rapid progress being achieved in the construction, the ongoing first phase of the project would be completed on schedule on the Oworonsoki bound carriageway.

“We have been able to cut all the six expansion joints, we have removed the concrete, we have pulled out four, remaining two.

“Hopefully, we are still looking at October, that we will complete the work on the Oworonsoki bound lane,” the controlller said.

Speaking on Eko Bridge, Popoola said that the contract for phase two rehabilitation of the bridge had awarded, adding that, the award captured all worn out expansion joints and bearings on the bridge.

“All those places that have depression on the bridge would be taken care of properly,” Popoola said.

He said that the ongoing phase one emergency rehabilitation of the Eko bridge was about 75 per cent completed.

“The plan is to open the bridge to traffic in another two, three weeks, we will be done with the emergency repairs,” he said.

Speaking on section one of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Popoola said it was 54 per cent completed with work ongoing on the bridge sections of the highway.

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“Work is progressing steadily on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, we are working on the bridge sections.

“We have been able to complete two numbers abutment where we are going to have the interchange.

“Pilling work is ongoing where we are going to have the flyover,” he told NAN.

Commenting on Lagos-Abeokuta-Ota Expressway project, he said that asphalt was already being laid on some sections including Kola Bus Stop area of Lagos State.

He said that 160 metres of drains had also been completely reconstructed on the Lagos side of the project.

He lamented drain stuffing habits of Lagos residents frustrating highway drainage cleaning exercises.

He urged residents to take responsibility and take the drains as personal assets to be protected from abuse to end the ugly trends of using drains as garbage cans thereby compounding flooding.

“We need to take proper care of the lined drains so that they are not silted up. There are so many things government has to spend money on, so, if they provide drains citizens should be able to take care of it, we should not block it,” he said.

Popoola said that the ministry just finished cleaning highway drains on Eko and Apongbon Briges on Sunday, Sept. 13th adding, that cleaning on highway drainage channels was a continuous exercise going on. (NAN)

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