The Federal Government on Saturday said it had concluded repair works on Eko and Marine bridges in Lagos and had given approval for their reopening by Monday, October 19, 2020.
Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, directed that both bridges be reopened to traffic, according to a statement issued in Abuja by the spokesperson of the works ministry, Boade Akinola.
The ministry explained that the approval for the reopening of the completed first phase of the repairs on the bridges by midnight on Sunday, October 18, was sequel to the report by the contractor handling the projects, Messrs. Buildwell Plant and Equipment Industries Limited, that the repair works on the first phase had been completed 100 per cent.
Fashola thanked Lagosians for their patience, understanding and cooperation while sections of the bridges were closed.
He also directed that members of the public should be informed of any restrictions to traffic while work would be ongoing on the second phase of the project.
The minister stated that while the completed section of the Eko Bridge (Lagos Island bound) should be reopened to traffic, work should commence immediately on the Alaka bound side of the project.
On the next phase of repair works on the bridges, the Director, Highways, Bridges and Designs, in the ministry, Emmanuel Adeoye, said work was taking off without the need for either partial or complete closure of the bridges.
He, however, stated that the public would be informed adequately should such a step become necessary.
The 1,350m Eko Bridge, built in phases between 1965 and 1975, links the Lagos Island to the Mainland.
It was closed to traffic in March this year in order to replace faulty joints and bearings. But, as a result of COVID-19 lockdown, actual repair works commenced in the first week of June.
The repairs on the bridge, which is part of a network of complex bridges with several loops taking traffic in and out of the Apapa area of Lagos, included jacketing and skin repairs of the piers.
The programme involves the repairs and rehabilitation of over 37 bridges nationwide.