Lagos closes Marine Beach Bridge for five months for repairs

Lagos closes Marine Beach Bridge for five months for repairs

- The Lagos state has announced the partial closure of Marine Beach Bridge

- The bridge will be closed for five months, effective from Wednesday, May 27

- Lagos commissioner for transportation explained that the partial closure is to carry out repair works

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The Lagos state government has announced the partial closure of Marine Beach Bridge by Total Gas, inwards Apapa for five months.

The closure which is effective from Wednesday, May 27, to Wednesday, October 21, is for repair work which will ensure a seamless transportation system across the metropolis.

This is contained in a statement issued on Sunday, May 24, by Lagos commissioner for transportation, Frederic Oladeinde.

Lagos closes Marine Beach Bridge for five months for repairs
Lagos closes Marine Beach Bridge for five months for repairs. Photo credit: Babajide Sanwo-Olu
Source: UGC

Oladeinde said that the planned repairs on the bridge are vital to the safety of the people of Lagos.

He explained that necessary repair works have already been carried out on all alternative routes around the construction site.

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Oladeinde said the repair is planned for two phases, with each phase focusing on one lane of the Bridge at a time.

He disclosed that adequate arrangements have been put in place to ensure that traffic within the axis is effectively managed during the construction period.

The commissioner noted that the officers of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority and other state law enforcement agencies will be deployed to the axis to ameliorate inconveniences that might arise from the closure.

He appealed to all vehicle owners and residents of the area to cooperate with the traffic management officers deployed to the area.

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Meanwhile, as Lagos state considers full re-opening of the economy, the government is intensifying the distribution of face masks to residents in 57 LGAs/LCDAs.

Popular Fuji musician, Pasuma and comedian Owen Gee supported the Maskup Lagos. They shared the Lagos government's free face masks in the Ikeja and Mushin areas of the state.

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This was disclosed in a tweet shared on the official Twitter handle of the Lagos state government.

The year 2020 has been a challenging one for countries all over the world due to the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

Not only has it taken a toll on the economy and health system, but the virus has also claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands all over the world.

Lagos state which has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria is taking measures to stop the spread.

The state has been caught in a very delicate situation between managing the spread of COVID-19 on one hand and managing hunger and sustaining the economy on the other. This has forced the state government to announce a slash of its 2020 budget.

The total expenditure for the year 2020 is now N920.5 billion, less by N248 billion from the N1.68 trillion it had budgeted.

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