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FG approves N6bn for Third Mainland Bridge maintenance

The Federal Government on Wednesday April 12, approved N6.28bn for surface maintenance of the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos State.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, stated this while briefing State House correspondents after this week’s Federal Executive Council meeting at the Presidential Villa.

He said the move aligns with Executive Order 11 signed by the President Muhammadu, in April 2022, which gave legal backing to the country’s national maintenance policy.

Fashola also revealed that the 24-month repair will cover 11 kilometres, including interchanges, ramps, and critical links on the Third Mainland Bridge.

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

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

“I have been asked about the works that have been done on the bridge before. 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.” What we’re dealing with now is different. It is the driving surface and also the aesthetics. Some of the rails have been stolen. “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.

Prevail Inegbenose

Prevail Inegbenose is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Spark Media & Entertainment Ventures, the publisher of Spark News Daily - Nigeria's most sought-after online news platform - Politics, Sport & Entertainment. Prevail Inegbenose hails from Irrua, Esan Central LGA of Edo State. He studied Mass Communication from the prestigious Auchi Polytechnic Auchi and graduated in 2007. Prevail Inegbenose is a veteran journalist with 15 years of active and practical journalism. He has authored so many write-ups, a lot of which had been published in the newspapers, magazines and social media. Hence Prevail Inegbenose is a Journalist, Writer, Researcher, Author, Communication Expert and Consultant, Social Media Influencer, Project Management Expert, Peace Ambassador and Advocate of Good Governance and Better Society. He's a Pastor, in fact the Lead Pastor, House of God Int'l - Rest Tabernacle, Abuja Nigeria.

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