FG To Spend N6bn On Maintaining Third Mainland Bridge In Lagos | READ DETAILS
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has disclosed that the sum N6.28 billion has been approved by the Federal government of Nigeria for the maintenance of third mainland bridge in Lagos state for a period of two years.
Fashola while briefing State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday, said the 24-month repair will cover 11 kilometers including interchanges, ramps, and critical links.
He said the proposed maintenance is in line with Executive Order 11 signed by President Muhammadu Buhari in April 2022, which gave legal backing to Nigeria’s national maintenance policy.
According to the minister, the State’s Public Works Corporation will focus on the functional structure of the bridge which has lasted for 32 years, such as the underwater piles, while the FG will undertake surface maintenance to treat potholes and restore missing guard rails.
In the minister’s words;
“Council approved a fresh contract for the maintenance of the pavement of the third mainland bridge and this was approved in the sum of N6.28bn for a period of 24 months.
“I have been asked about the works that have been done on the bridge before. The works are concentrating largely on the substructure of the bridge; the underwater piles, the pile caps and also the replacement of the expansion joints and the bearings.
“These are maintenance works that are critical to the structural integrity of the bridge. What we’re dealing with now is different. It is the driving surface and also the aesthetics. Some of the rails have been stolen. Some of the pleats are misaligned at the routes that lead you on and off the bridge.”
Fashola added that there are no anticipated prolonged closures during the works.
Meanwhile, the council also approved N17.5bn variation for the contract for the construction of the old Enugu-Onitsha road whose current sum now stands at N48.99bn.