The Lagos State Government has announced partial closure of the Marine Beach Bridge by Total Gas, inwards Apapa for five months to pave way for emergency repair works.
The closure takes effect from Wednesday May 27 to Wednesday October 21.
Commissioner for Transportation Dr Frederic Oladeinde who made this known on Sunday, said the repair works by the Federal Ministry of Works is long overdue and vital for the safety of residents, especially motorists that ply the bridge.
He also explained necessary palliative works have been carried out on all alternative routes around the construction site, making them to be in good motorable condition to ease motorists’ movements during the construction period.
According to Oladeinde, the repair works which comprised of bearing and expansion joint replacement is planned to be executed in two phases; with each phase focusing on one lane of the Bridge at a time.
The first phase will be handling the lane inbound Apapa while the second phase will be designated to work on the lane that conveys vehicles outside the axis.
The statement further disclosed that adequate arrangement has been put in place to manage the construction period. Motorists’ inwards Wharf road will be diverted to the other section of the bridge outwards Apapa, a contraflow of 200metres has been put in place for vehicles to realign with a proper direction inwards Ajegunle or Wharf road, Apapa, while Motorists descending to Total Gas underbridge will drive without any hindrance.
The statement added the Traffic Management Authorities including the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) will be stationed at the construction locations to ameliorate the effect of the expected traffic issues.