By Babajide Okeowo
Following a recent tanker fire at the Airport Bridge at Toyota on the Oshodi-Isolo Expressway, the Lagos State Government has shut down the bridge in order to conduct structural engineering tests on the bridge.
This directive was contained in a statement by the state Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde on Sunday.
He noted that alternative routes had been created for motorists pending the outcome of the tests and the reopening of the bridge to traffic.
According to Oladeinde, motorists from Mile 2 to Cele on Apapa-Oshodi Expressway will make use of Aiye and Osolo Way to Asa Afariogun through 7&8 to access International Airport Road.
The commissioner explained that motorists from Toyota would use the service lanes by Armed Forces Resettlement Centre to BOC Gases on old NAFDAC Headquarters.
“In light of this development, the state traffic management officials shall be deployed to the aforementioned corridors to control and manage traffic flow along the axis during the course of the diversions.
The Lagos State Government is assuring the motoring public that the Airport Bridge shall be opened for use as soon as the tests or requisite intervention makes it safe and secure to do so,” he added.
Recall that a tanker laden with 44, 000 liters of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, popularly known as petrol recently spilled its content on the bridge leading to an inferno that raged for hours.