- The popular Eko Bridge has been partially closed following instructions from the federal government
- The Lagos state government announced alternative routes for motorists to enable rehabilitation works
- The bridge was closed early hours of the morning on Wednesday, March 11
The Nigerian Federal Ministry of Works has announced that the popular Eko Bridge would be partially closed for repairs as worn-out bearings were noticed between Alaka and Costain portion.
Legit.ng gathered that as a result of this Lagosians on Wednesday, March 11, lamented about the traffic situation in the state which has now worsened as the bridge was closed from the Alaka end.
The Lagos state government in a tweet also announced alternative routes for motorists and urged commuters to be patient and obey traffic officers as they direct people on road diversions while maintenance work is going on.
Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu in a statement obtained by Legit.ng said the partial closure of the bridge was necessary so as to carry out repairs on defective parts and joints of the bridge which was built in 1976 but has not been maintained since then.
He said: “You can see there are spaces in the expansion joints. These are things we need to see how quickly they can be fixed. Our contractors are the original builder of the bridge so its for us to take full precautionary methods that is why we don’t want to take chances.
These are bridges not made to have trucks and containers packed on them. They are not designed for such usage.”
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In a related development, the federal government on Sunday, March 1, reopened the entire Kara Bridge inbound and outbound sections on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. When NAN visited the site a heavy deployment of Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC) officials were noticed, to give support to construction workers removing diversion barriers.
The workmen removed demarcations on various sections of the 600 metres outbound Lagos carriageway where traffic was diverted between Kara Bridge and the Isheri Junction intersection.
Similarly, commuters plying the Kara bridge axis of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway are now breathing a sigh of relief as the federal government has reopened the road. The reopening on the Kara part of the major expressway has brought about free flow of traffic as opposed to the constant gridlock that has hitherto been a nightmare for motorists.
The road was closed in September 2019 following the federal government's decision to carry out some palliative repairs leading to serious untold torment for both commercial and private drivers who were forced to be on the expressway for long hours.
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