FG approves N6bn for Third Mainland Bridge maintenance (punchng.com)

FG approves N6bn for Third Mainland Bridge maintenance

The works are concentrating largely on the substructure of the bridge the underwater piles, the pile caps and also the replacement of the expansion joints and the bearings.

These are maintenance works that are critical to the structural integrity of the bridge.

The Federal Government, on Wednesday, approved N6.28bn for surface maintenance of the Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos State.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, who briefed State House correspondents after this weeks Federal Executive Council meeting at the Presidential Villa said the 24month repair will cover 11 kilometers including interchanges, ramps, and critical links.

He said the move aligns with Executive Order 11 signed by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in April 2022, which gave legal backing to the countrys national maintenance policy.

The announcement comes barely two weeks after the Lagos State Government said it would undertake rehabilitation works on the 32yearold Bridge to repair failed and peeled asphaltic sections and substructure.

However, Fashola argued that there will be no duplication of efforts.

The former Lagos State governor said the States Public Works Corporation will focus on the functional structure of the bridge such as the underwater piles, while the FG will undertake surface maintenance to treat potholes and restore missing guard rails.

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He said Council approved a fresh contract for the maintenance of the pavement of the third mainland bridge and this was approved in the sum of N6.28bn for a period of 24 months.

I have been asked about the works that have been done on the bridge before.

Some of the pleats are misaligned at the routes that lead you on and off the bridge.

Fashola added that there are no anticipated prolonged closures during the works.

Meanwhile, the council also approved N17.5bn variation for the contract for the construction of the old EnuguOnitsha road whose current sum now stands at N48.99bn.

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