Lagos Govt Makes U-turn, Suspends closure Of Marine Bridge

The Lagos State Government on Saturday reversed its earlier decision to close Marine Bridge for five months for repair, following the swelling cases of COVID-19 in the state.

Recall that the Public Affairs Unit of the State Ministry of Transportation (MOT) had on Friday announced that the Bridge would be partially closed between 8.00p.m and 8.00a.m daily from March 28 to Aug. 15 for repair.

The statement said that the closure was to allow the construction works by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing to replace the worn-out Elastomeric Bearing, and Expand the Metallic joints on the bridge.

The indefinite suspension of the repair work was announced on Saturday in a statement by the State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde.

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He said that the decision was based on the focus of the state to tackle the Coronavirus pandemic.

According to him, the suspension became imperative because of the need to evoke the social distancing strategy, especially in the construction sector, to further curb the spread of the virus.

The commissioner said: “A new date for the planned repair works of the bridge shall be communicated in due course.

“Lagos State Government is, however, advising Lagosians to still stay at home and practice social distancing, unless the trip is really essential.”