Following the on-going repair works on the Third Mainland Bridge by the Federal Government and the diversion of traffic at sections of the bridge, motorists may experience complete diversion of traffic from the bridge on Sunday, 29th July, 2012 and Sunday, 5th August, 2012 from 6AM to 12 Midnight.
Commissioner for Transportation, Comrade Kayode Opeifa who disclosed this in his office at Alausa added that traffic on the Bridge needed to undergo total diversion at that time in order to allow for the concrete casting of one of the three expansion joints (joint 1) currently undergoing repair works on the Lagos Island bound section (phase
1). The other two joints, (joints 2 and 3) may be done on Sunday, 5th August, 2012.
According to him, the concrete casting and drying process requires zero vibration hence the complete diversion of vehicular traffic away from the bridge from Oworonshoki end to Adeniji Adele end on Sunday 29th July, 2012 and Sunday 5th August, 2012.
He added that during the diversion, motorists inward Lagos Island and Ikeja would be restricted from having access to the bridge from 6 AM to 12 PM on both days.
Opeifa appealed to motorists to bear with the Government as the repair works and diversions are to ensure the safety of motorists and in the general interest of all.
He urged motorists approaching from the Lagos end to as usual connect to follow the diversion at Adeniji Adele Interchange to Carter Bridge, link Iddo interchange where they can easily connect Ikeja, Ojota, Ketu, Ikorodu, Agege, Lagos Ibadan Expressway, Alimosho, Oshodi, Abule Egba amongst others via Eko Bridge, Herbert Macaulay Road and Apapa - Oshodi Expressway.
The Commissioner added that those going to Lagos Island as usual will be diverted at Oworonshoki to connect Ikorodu Road (via Anthony Interchange) to link either Jibowu to Muritala Muhammed Way to Iddo or continue to Eko Bridge through Funsho Wiliams Avenue; or Agege Motor Road (via Oshodi Interchange) to link Moshalasi to either Jibowu to Muritala Mohamed Way to Iddo or continue to Eko Bridge through Funsho Wiliams Avenue; or in the alternative use Apapa - Oshodi Expressway through Mile 2 to connect Ijora then Lagos Island.
Opeifa who said that officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) will be on the roads to ensure free flow of traffic and remove any impediment which may obstruct easy movement, advised motorists to drive with care.
It would be recalled that the Federal Government commenced repair works on eight Expansion Joints on the Third Mainland Bridge which measures about 11.8 kilometers
on Sunday, 8th July, 2012 while the State Government commenced traffic diversion and management on the Bridge same day. The repair works and traffic diversion are expected to last for four months.