Minister of Power Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), on Monday said the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos State would be shut for three days.
This would enable engineers to carry out checks on its structural integrity before the commencement of full repairs.
The minister, who spoke on Sunrise Daily on Channels Television said the closure was necessary in order to ascertain whether there had been any material deterioration between the period the first procurement for maintenance of the bridge was approved and now, adding that the three days would be used to examine the bridge to be sure that there had been no material deterioration beyond what was procured.
He said, “The investigation would have been carried out earlier but the need to reduce the inconveniences that would accompany the closure compelled government to shift the time to a more convenient period when children would be on vacation and when fewer vehicles were likely to be on the bridge.”
The minister said it was only after the assessment of the amount of maintenance work involved that government engineers and contractors would lay out the plan of work.
“I think it is later in the year or early next year that the repairs will start,” Fashola added.