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Fashola approves reopening of Eko, Marine Bridges on Monday

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By Olasunkanmi Akoni

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, SAN, ordered on Saturday that both Eko and Marine Bridges in Lagos must be reopened to traffic on Monday, October 19, 2020.

According to Fashola, the approval for the reopening of the first complete phase of the repairs on the bridges before midnight on Sunday, October 18, was the continuation of the report of the contractor that handles the projects that the repair works in the first phase 100 per cent were completed.

The minister, thanking residents for their patience, understanding and cooperation as sections of the bridges were closed, also ordered that the public be informed of any traffic restrictions while work is being done on the second phase of the project.

Fashola added that while the completed section of the Eko bridge (Lagos Island boundary) should be reopened to traffic, work should begin immediately on the Alaka side of the project.

Explaining more about the next phase of the repair work on the bridges, the Director of Roads (Bridges and Designs) in the ministry, Engr Emmanuel Adeoye said that the work was taking off without the need for a partial or total closure of the bridges. , adding that the public would be adequately informed if such a step were necessary.

The 1,350-meter Eko Bridge, built in phases between 1965 and 1975, links Lagos Island with the mainland.

Was closed to traffic in March 2020, to replace defective gaskets and bearings. But, as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown, the actual repair work began in the first week of June.

In May, work began on the first of the three phases into which the repair works for the Marine Bridge were divided.

“Repairs to the bridge, which is part of a network of complex bridges with several loops that carry traffic in and out of the Apapa de Lagos area, included: cladding and skin repairs of the piers, lifting of the platform of the bridge section to change the electrometric bearing, milling and placement of a new asphalt wear track among others.

“The repair work on the Eko and Marine bridges are part of the federal government’s ongoing bridge maintenance program, which involves the repair and rehabilitation of more than 37 bridges across the country, a considerable number already completed, while others they are in different stages of completion, “Adeoye said.

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