Lagos government shuts Airport Bridge following tanker explosion

Lagos government shuts Airport Bridge following tanker explosion

- The Lagos state government has reacted to a tanker explosion that occurred on the Airport Bridge at Toyota on Oshodi/Isolo Expressway

- The ministry of transportation in the state is concerned over the safety of the Airport Bridge

- The government has taken measure to avert any disaster that might occur following the accident

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The Lagos state government has temporarily closed the Airport Bridge at Toyota on Oshodi/Isolo Expressway following a tanker explosion that occurred on the road.

The government said the decision was carried out in order to conduct integrity tests on the bridge to determine if it is safe for vehicular traffic, The Nation reported.

Lagos government shuts Airport Bridge following tanker explosion
Lagos government has disclosed the various alternative routes motorists should follow due to the closure of the Airport Bridge. Photo: Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu
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The commissioner for transportation, Frederic Oladeinde, announced the road closure in a statement Sunday, January 10.

He said:

“The bridge, therefore, has to be temporarily closed to vehicular traffic movement to enable the state government to conduct structural tests on the bridge."

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The commissioner also announced alternative routes for use by motorists pending the outcome of the tests and the reopening of the bridge.

He said motorists should pass the alternative routes as stated below:

“Motorists from Mile 2 to Cele on Apapa-Oshodi Expressway approaching Iyana-Isolo through Daleko Bridge will need to make use of Aiye and Osolo Way to Asa Afariogun through 7&8 to access International Airport Road.
“Motorists from Toyota will make use of the service lanes by Armed Forces Resettlement Centre to BOC Gases on old NAFDAC headquarters, through a U-turn at Cappa on Agege Motor Road to Bolade/Oyetayo Street (Oshodi-Isolo Local Govt Secretariat) through Bolade on Apapa-Oshodi Expressway via Charity in order to reach International Airport Road.
“Motorists from Bus Terminal 2 Transport Interchange, inwards Charity on Apapa -Oshodi Expressway, can connect International Airport Road from Toyota Bus Stop through Anthony Oke to Ikorodu Road on the service lanes and return via Anthony Oke inwards Oshodi Oke to Charity and connect International Airport Road.”

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According to The Guardian, Oladeinde said the Lagos State Traffic Management Officials (LASTMA) will be deployed to the corridors to control and manage traffic flow along the axes during the course of the diversions.

In another news, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) headquarters along the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport Road, Abuja was on Sunday, January 10, was gutted by fire.

Confirming the development, the NIS in a tweet shared on its official Twitter account said the fire has been put out by the Federal Fire Station with support from other agencies around the airport.

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