The Lagos State government said on Friday the rehabilitation of alternative routes to be used during the closure of the Third Mainland Bridge had been carried out.
The state’s Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, disclosed this in a statement issued by the ministry’s Head of Public Affairs Unit Mrs. Bolanle Ogunlola.
The bridge will be partially closed to traffic from July 24.
The commissioner said the provision of the alternative routes was in line with the state government’s agenda of ensuring safety and free flow of traffic at all times.
He said repair works to be undertaken by the Federal Ministry of Works is expected to fix worn out expansion joints of the bridge.
According to him, the roads linking Iddo inwards Carter Bridge, Market Road inwards Herbert Macaulay Road and Herbert Macaulay Road by Abeokuta Street as well as Herbert Macaulay by Cemetery and Apapa Road inwards Oyingbo had been fixed.
He said the first phase of the bridge rehabilitation would focus on Oworonshoki inwards Lagos Island in the morning with traffic diversion from 12.00 midnight to 1:00 p.m.
Oladeinde added that Lagos Island inwards Oworonshoki will divert traffic in the afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to 12.00 midnight.
He said: “Different options have been provided for motorists to navigate their journeys.
We advise motorists heading towards Ikeja and Ikorodu Road from Osborne Road, Ikoyi, in the morning to make use of Carter Bridge to access Eko Bridge through Ijora Olopa.
“This will lead them through Funsho Williams Avenue to Doman Long Bridge to Ikorodu or to use Carter Bridge to Iddo through Oyingbo to Herbert Macaulay to Jibowu and link Ikorodu Road.
“We advise motorists coming from Victoria Island to utilise Ozumba Mbadiwe Road to Falomo Bridge through Alfred Rewane to Old Kingsway Road, Osborne to Ilubirin and Carter Bridge.”
He disclosed that as a second option, motorists are advised to take Bonny Camp to Independence Bridge to Marina Bridge through Apongbon to Eko Bridge, Ijora Olopa, Iddo, and Oyingbo.
“In the afternoon, road users inbound Lagos Island are advised to use Ojota on Ikorodu road to access Funsho Williams Avenue through Eko Bridge/Apongbon axis or to utilise Ikorodu road to access Fadeyi/Jibowu/Yaba axis to access Oyingbo-Iddo to Carter Bridge,” the commissioner stated.
He also disclosed that motorists could also use Oshodi/Charity through Agege Motor Road to access Cappa to link Ilupeju By-pass or Mushin to get to Town Planning Way to link Ikorodu Road.
He said that motorists could also access Moshalasi/Idi-Oro from Mushin to access Funsho Williams Avenue and connect Eko Bridge to get to Apongbon or use Empire Road to access Yaba to link Oyingbo-Iddo axis.
Oladeinde said that motorists coming from the International Airport to Lagos were advised to use Oshodi-Oke to get to Town Planning Way to link Ikorodu road.
He said that rehabilitation works were going on at the remaining routes highlighted for traffic diversions to enhance free traffic flow along the corridor during the rehabilitation.
He urged motorists who do not have urgent assignments on the Island during the rehabilitation to avoid the area to discourage the influx of vehicular movements.