The federal government has concluded plan to shut Marine Beach Bridge, one of the bridges in Apapa area of Lagos for repair.
The bridge, it would be recalled, has been a parking space for many trucks that want to access the Apapa Port over the years, it is therefore an understatement to say the bridge needs repairs.
According to the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Kayode Popoola who made the disclosure shortly after inspecting the bridge on Wednesday, the repair work would start on the bridge anytime from next week, towards end of the month of May.
The controller said the contractor, Buildwell Nigeria Limited, is already on site to begin replacement of expansion joints and bearings that have damaged on the bridge, adding that the contractor delayed commencement on the repairs of the bridge till next week because of the ongoing patching of adjoining roads to the bridge so as to avert gridlock.
“We are going to replace the expansion joints and bearings of the bridge. That means that we are going to surround it with reinforcement and put fresh concrete. The beam of the bridge will be lifted up, so that we can see all the bearings very well to change the bad ones. We are going to work on about 45 metres on both carriageways. We will finish work on one carriageway and move traffic to it before we continue on the next round”, the controller said.
Popoola noted that repair works usually come with some pains and traffic disorganization, he therefore appealed to motorists to comply with the construction zone guidelines during the road closure to ensure speedy completion of the works.