By Babajide Okeowo
The Federal Controller of Works Lagos, Mr. Olukayode Popoola has revealed that the lockdown of Third Mainland Bridge would be lifted at midnight 24 hours ahead of schedule.
Popoola told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Lagos that the total shutdown had to be lifted because the contractor was able to fast-track the delicate task they needed to execute.
He said that the initially scheduled 72 hours timeframe was achieved within 48 hours, hence the reopening to traffic 24 hours ahead of schedule.
“We have completed the casting of the three number expansion joints on the Third Mainland bridge. Therefore, the bridge shall be opened at 12:00 midnight Sunday 27th December, and no longer Monday 28th December.
That is 48 hours and no more 72 hours,” Popoola said.
Recall that the controller had earlier announced on Tuesday, December 22 a 72-hour total closure of the bridge, starting at midnight on Christmas Day till the midnight of 29th December for casting works to be completed on the bridge.