Motorists in Lagos can now ride easy on Eko and Marine Bridges in the city as workmen conclude repair works.
Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola has directed that both bridges be reopened to traffic from tomorrow.
The approval for the reopening of the completed First Phase of the repairs on the Bridges by midnight Sunday comes on the heels of reports of full repairs by the contractor, Messrs. Buildwell Plant & Equipment.
Fashola also thanked Lagosians for their patience, understanding and cooperation while sections of the bridges were closed even as he directed that members of the public be informed of any restrictions to traffic while work is ongoing on the Second Phase of the project.
The Minister added 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.
Director Highways (Bridges & Designs) Engr. Emmanuel Adeoye said the next phase of repairs will not entail either partial or complete closure of the bridges and promised that the public would be informed adequately should such a step become necessary.
The 1,350 metre Eko Bridge, built in phases between 1965 and 1975, links the Lagos Island to the Mainland. It was closed to traffic in March this year in order to replace faulty joints and bearings, actual repair works commenced in June.
The repair works on the Eko and Marine Bridges is part of the ongoing Federal Government’s Bridge Maintenance Programme which involves the repairs and rehabilitation of over 37 bridges nationwide with a substantial number already completed while others are at different stages of completion.