LAGOSIANS ANTICIPATE TRAFFIC AS GOVT SHUTS DOWN THIRD MAINLAND BRIDGE
The Lagos State Government is set to shut down the Third Mainland Bridge temporarily from midnight tomorrow August 23rd. The shutdown which will last for till august 26th, is to allow for investigative maintenance test to be carried before embarking on proper repairs in future. The Federal Government, had earlier announced plans to shut the bridge in July, but had to postpone it after due consultations with the Lagos State Government and other relevant stakeholders.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Ade Akinsanya, who disclosed the information, said the decision of the four day closure was taken after consultations with the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing. Akinsanya said: “The Third Mainland Bridge, which was opened about 30 years ago by the then military government has had haphazard maintenance and repairs in the past, which the present Federal Government is committed to correct by carrying out proper and continuous maintenance and repairs on it.”
He added that all traffic management agencies, including the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, and the Police, among others, had been mandated to ensure smooth flow of traffic on all other alternative roads and traffic corridor across the metropolis to ensure free flow of traffic. Meanwhile, the state government said it has begun deployment of technology in the enforcement of traffic rules.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Ladi Lawanson said: “The state government has taken some measures that required the support of citizens to achieve desired results in traffic management. Government has begun deployment of technology in the enforcement of traffic rules, while we are also intensifying efforts to change the bad attitudes of commercial motorcyclists and motorists through sensitization programmes. The change of attitude will require much engagement with their unions. Enforcement and governance require a lot of engagement, it is not just telling somebody this is what I want you to do.”
What do you think about this closure and the additional stress it would cause users of the Third Mainland Bridge?