Lagos State Government on Friday allayed the fears of motorists over traffic congestion in the metropolis due to the closure of Third Mainland Bridge for integrity test, assuring that adequate measures have been put in place to ensure a free flow of traffic in the state during the four-day duration of closure.
The state’s Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Ladi Lawanson gave the assurance in a press briefing to give update about the closure and restate the alternative routes for vehicles for the duration of the closure of the bridge.
Lawanson hinted that the other two bridges in the state, Carter and Eko, would also go through the integrity test, after the tankers on the roads have been successfully evacuated in few weeks.
The commissioner explained that the palliative measures is to ensure movement with least inconvenience by commuters.
He promised that the state government will be updating Lagosians from time to time on the arrangements adding that traffic personnel from the police, Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, and Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA are on the field to ensure hitch free traffic.
“Report so far from our men in the field on the first day of the exercise says that they are doing an excellent job and there is free flow of traffic,” he said.
While apologising for any inconveniency the closure and present arrangement might cause road users, the commissioner urged commuters to contact the government through the ministry of transportation and media if there are any hitches, promising that the government will make it as smooth as possible.
He said the integrity test on the bridge which was postponed till now because of the appeal of the state government to the federal government not to compound the traffic situation caused by indiscriminate parking of tankers in Apapa roads, was imperative and a standard practice all over the world to ensure safety of road users and also not to increase hardship being experienced by commuters.
According to him, the result of the integrity test will determine what actions would follow adding that it will be addressed by the Federal Ministry of Works.
The commissioner also said that the government was working very hard to take tankers off Apapa-Oshodi expressway and after that is done it would conduct integrity test Apapa and other bridges in the state for further action.
The alternatives routes according to the commissioner are: motorists from Lagos-Abeokuta motor road, Agege, Ogba and Ikeja are to make use of Oshodi via Mushin, Ojuelegba to connect Eko bridge into Lagos Island.
“While those from Ikorodu, Maryland are to make use of Yaba, Oyingbo, Iddo to acess Carter bridge into Idumota, Martins street and thence Balogun and motorists from Okokomaiko, Festac, Oshodi-Apapa expressway are enjoined to play through Ajegunle via Marine bridge to Ijora to connect Carter or Eko bridge by Ijora Olopa to Apongbon, Lagos Island.
“Conversely, motorists from the Island are expected to play Eko bridge and Carter bridge into Mainland, while those in Lekki Ajah can also make use of Epe axis through Imota into Ikorodu”, Lawanson said.