That is some relief! I live and work on the Island yet the thought of the Third mainland bridge being closed for 5 months! is certainly not something I look forward to. With the rains this season and Lagos being what it is (traffic jam capital of the nation) we all know it is going to be a very loooooooong 5 months for Commuters.
“Contrary to what has been reported, it is not a complete closure but a partial one. While the work is on, diversion will take place depending on the section of the road that will be worked upon at the particular point by the contractor. While we commend the initiative of the Federal Government to embark on the repair, there is no need for any fear because we have done it before and at the time we did it, we all went through it. And today, we are better than where we were then.”
Fashola who recalled that there was a similar repair work on the bridge few years ago without its being totally closed added: “at that time when we did it, we were constructing the same roads that will be used as diversion now and we are through with the roads.”
Choice of date/alternative routes: On the choice of the date, he said: “the date was an agreement between the Federal and State governments that the period should be almost at the end of the school session and during children’s vacation period so that the congestion on the road will be minimal. However, much of the work will be done when the pupils are on vacation. The target is that before the end of the year when the traffic is much, the repair works would have been completed. It is actually in the interest of the people.”
The governor further stated that the responsibility of the residents is to make use of alternative routes to help reduce the quantum of vehicles on the road. Some of such alternative routes and means of transport are; making use of public transport by leaving personal vehicles at home and using water transportation among others.