Federal Government approve N6 billion for Third Mainland Bridge maintenance

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The Federal Government granted N6.28 billion for surface maintenance of the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos State on Wednesday.

Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works and Housing, told State House media following this week’s Federal Executive Council meeting at the Presidential Villa that the 24-month rehabilitation will cover 11 kilometers, including interchanges, ramps, and essential links.

He stated that the action is consistent with Executive Order 11 signed by President Muhammadu Buhari in April 2022, which provided legal support for the country’s national maintenance program.

The announcement comes just two weeks after the Lagos State Government announced plans to restore the 32-year-old Bridge’s failed and peeled asphaltic portions and foundations.

Fashola, on the other hand, insisted that there would be no duplication of efforts.

The former Lagos State governor stated that the state’s Public Works Corporation will focus on the bridge’s functional construction, such as the underwater piles, while the FG will handle surface maintenance, such as treating potholes and replacing missing guard rails.

“Council approved a new contract for the maintenance of the pavement of the third mainland bridge in the sum of N6.28 billion for a period of 24 months,” he stated.

“I’ve been asked about previous bridge construction efforts. The work is primarily focused on the bridge’s substructure, including the submerged piles, pile caps, and the replacement of expansion joints and the bearings.

“These are maintenance tasks that are critical to the bridge’s structural integrity.” What we’re dealing with right now is unique. It’s both the driving surface and the aesthetics. Some railings have been stolen. Some of the pleats are misplaced at the entrance and exit points of the bridge.”

Fashola also stated that no lengthy closures are expected throughout the construction period.

Meanwhile, the council authorized a N17.5 billion adjustment to the contract for the construction of the old Enugu-Onitsha route, which now totals N48.99 billion.

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