The Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos has been reopened to traffic after closure for three days for investigative maintenance tests.
Infrastructure news reports that the 11.8km bridge was closed to traffic on August 24 for investigative maintenance tests and it was scheduled to be reopened to traffic August 26.
Lagos State Commissioner for transportation, Ladi Lawanson led a delegation of the state officials to the reopening ceremony while the Director, Highways, Bridges and Designs in the Federal Ministry of Works, Adetokunbo Sogbesan, also led the ministry’s team.
Also at the event were the heads of the traffic regulatory and law enforcement agencies and their teams.
After the opening ceremony on the bridge, Police officers supervised the removal of the barriers on the bridge about 5.00 p.m. to open it to traffic.
Sogbesan told journalists that the bridge was opened earlier than schedule because the test was completed on time due to favorable weather.
“We were to open the bridge at midnight today, we are going ahead of schedule,’’ he told journalists.
He said the result from the test would be sent to Italy and that it was an opportunity for technology transfer as local engineers would join in the analysis of the result from the expansions joints.
Sogbesan said underwater inspection of piers of the bridge would be done later in November when the water level would have gone down.
The Federal Controller of Works, Lagos State said that about 32 expansion joints were tested, adding that the results needed analysis before further action.