Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has directed the reopening of both Eko and Marina Bridges to traffic in Lagos on Monday.
The directive is premised on the fact that the ministry is expected to have concluded the first phase of repair works on the bridges in Lagos by mid-night on Sunday.
The ministry’s spokesperson, Mrs. Blade Akinola, in a statement on Saturday, said that the reopening followed the report by the contractor, Messrs Buildwell Plant & Equipment Industries Limited, that the repair works on the First Phase was 100 per cent completed.
She quoted the minister as thanking Lagosians for their patience, understanding and cooperation while sections of the Bridges were closed.
Fashola also directed that members of the public should be informed of any restrictions to traffic while work is ongoing on the Second Phase of the project.
According to the statement, the minister further directed 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.
Giving further details on the next phase of repair works on the Bridges, the Director Highways (Bridges & Designs) in the ministry, Mr. Emmanuel Adeoye, said work was taking off without the need for either partial or complete closure of the Bridges.
The repair works on the Eko and Marine Bridges is part of the ongoing Federal Government’s Bridge Maintenance Programme, involving the repair and rehabilitation of over 37 bridges nationwide.