The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr. Olukayode Popoola, on Thursday appealed for patience by road users as the Third Mainland Bridge repair works progressed.
Popoola made the call while inspecting work on the bridge.
He said the repair work was to pave way for the removal of the worn-out expansion joints on the bridge.
The controller said eight expansion joints were already being replaced on the alignment between the Adeniji Adele and Ebute Meta area.
According to him, a total of 14 expansion joints will be replaced on the Third Mainland Bridge and the Adeniji Adele Ramp.
Popoola said the hydro-blasting, also called hydro-demolition method, was being used to carefully remove the worn out expansion joints using an automated specialized machine.
He said: “Third Mainland Bridge repair works are progressing and so far the contractor has been able to cut the asphalt holding the six expansion joints on this Oworonshoki lane.
“We are removing the expansion joints one by one.
“We are changing 12 expansion joints on Third Mainland Bridge, that is, six on Oworonshoki lane where we are working now and six on the Lagos Island-bound carriageway after we complete work here.
“Then we are changing two expansion joints on the Adeniji Ramp, bringing the total to 14.
“The work is progressing steadily. We are removing the asphalt by using the machine so that they do not fall into the lagoon.”
The controller said the bearings of the bridge would be changed upon completion of the replacement of the expansion joints.
The bearings are under, that is, where the bridge deck is resting,’’ he added.