Third Mainland Bridge to be fully reopened in seven days – FG

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The Federal Government has said that the Third Mainland Bridge will reopen completely in seven days after lane marking.

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Minister of Works, David Umahi, disclosed this on Thursday, in Lagos, when he led the National Assembly’s Joint Committee on Works on an inspection of the bridge and various sections of ongoing works on the Lagos-Calabar Highway Coastal road.

He said President Bola Tinubu remains dedicated to his revitalised vision for an agenda of infrastructure development and the timely completion of the Lagos-Calabar Highway Coastal Road and other national projects.

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Umahi further disclosed that the Federal Government plans to install Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) on the top and under the third mainland bridge to reduce illegal sand mining in the area.

“When the lane marking is over, we will open the bridge, but formally it will be commissioned by Mr President when he is going to flag off the coastal road. So we will combine it.
“The most important thing is the lane marking. The moment the lane marking is done we open the road unofficially. In seven days Nigerians will be able to ply this road.

“We also discovered that there is a need to put CCTV both on top of the bridge and under the bridge and we don’t want to put CCTV that is powered by diesel generator so we are going to be procuring solar generator and we are putting CCTV all through the 11.8 kilometres and we are going to put CCTV under the deck to watch the illegal mining of the sand which is a problem we have encountered as far as the integrity of the pipes that were driven by skin friction is concerned and so tomorrow when we go there we will look at it.

“The bridge before now and over the years and administrations, was being maintained by overlaying asphalt upon asphalt on top of the concrete decks and the dead loads designed for the concrete deck is just two inches of asphalt. So over the years we have had asphalt overlay between 10 cm to 30 cm and so it shot up dead weight on the bridge.

“Let me say that part of this bridge has undergone some measure of depletion. But we have removed the dead weight. So when we came on board Mr. President went through this bridge and he directed for immediate rehabilitation of the bridge.

“So we started with a contract of milling just two inches. We thought it was two inches that had failed and so we procured the bridge as follows: milling of two inches of asphalt, 8 lanes of 11.8 km and replacing it, you know, changing 90 percent of the expansion joints, painting the parapet capes, changing all the electric poles and changing them to solar poles that were the initial scope.

“But then the additional scope increased. At the median, we are putting a single pole at 30, 30 meters but we are making it to have two solar panels and then at the side of the bridge we are also putting another electric pole.

“So this is a totally new introduction. So what we had hitherto on day one was at the middle of the median. And then we discovered that the ramps were not factored and so we have factored the ramps to have solar lights on them and that has increased the cost of the project.

“We have also discovered that we needed to mill between 10 cm and 30 cm and we looked at it within the text and we discovered that we were still at the point of risking the bridge if we allowed just to mill two inches so we milled everything and that cost another additional job”, he said.

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