Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola, on Friday said the Third Mainland Bridge will be shut for repair at the end of the month.
According to him, the Federal Government wants to seize the opportunity of the sallah period where traffic will be light on the bridge due to people travelling out of the state for the festival.
He made this know at an Interactive Session with members of the public at City Hall in Lagos Island.
The minister said: “The Third Mainland Bridge will be shut at the end of this month. The specific dates I will get our media people to deal with so that nobody will go and report that it is going to be shut for 27 months (laugh). We are going to shut it first for I think at least three days.
Those days will be in August for inspection, just to be sure that what we saw when we were procuring has not been materially altered.
When it is going to be shut for repairs, we will come back to let the state government and the citizens know. Between now and that period, we expect to have started construction work on Apapa-Oworonsoki road.”
According to him, maintenance and repairs are ongoing on various bridges across the country to keep them in shape.