Soon after Lagosians have managed to recover from the destabilization caused by the Okada and Keke Ban, another transport restriction is about to be introduced. Truly, the 6 months closure of the Third Mainland Bridge will encourage people to stay in their homes to curb coronavirus. However, it is bound to make living in Lagos even harder. To soothe the transition, the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Boboye Oyeyemi, says diversion and safety precaution are forthcoming. Here’s the breakdown:
Project Phases and Diversions
The bridge would be partially closed for three months for the first phase of the job. This first phase covers the rehabilitation of the Oworonshoki bound lanes. Further along, the next three months for the second phase would cover the repairs of the Lagos bound lanes.
The expected diversion for Phase A in the morning – from 12.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. – motorists plying from Oworonshoki to Lagos Island traffic will only be on the Lagos island bound lane. While in the afternoon from 1.00 p.m. to 12.00 a.m., motorists travelling from Lagos Island to Oworonshoki, traffic will only be on the Lagos island bound lane.
Instead of using the third mainland bridge, motorists plying from Ikoyi, through Osborne or Obalende on Lagos Island are directed to go via Carter Bridge-Iddo-Oyingbo-Adekunle-Herbert Macaulay way-Jibowu-Ikorodu road and connect their destination. Alternatively, they can navigate the Carter Bridge-Ijora Causeway – (Ijora Olopa by LAWMA Office) Eko Bridge through Funsho Williams Avenue-Ikorodu Road for further transit.
Motorists from Lekki/Victoria Island are advised to pass through Ozumba Mbadiwe road or Ahmadu Bello Way-Bonny Camp Independence Bridge (Mekunwen Bridge) – Onikan (by Zone 2 Police Zonal Headquarters) – Marina Bridge-Apongbon-Eko Bridge-Funsho Williams Avenue to Ikorodu and so forth.
Other road users driving into Adekunle from Adeniji or Lekki/Ikoyi/Obalende/Lagos Island, can use the Link Cater Bridge-Iddo-Oyingbo-Ebute Metta-Adekunle to move along.
The FRSC urges motorists to comply with traffic rules and regulations as the Corps Personnel and other law enforcement agents will be on the ground to ensure ease of movement on all routes. In case of any emergency, Lagosians can call the FRSC Toll free numbers 122 or the National Traffic Radio on 0805 299 8090.