Works Minister Dave Umahi has said President Bola Ahmed
Tinubu had approved the N21 billion needed for the emergency rehabilitation of
the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos.
Flagging off the rehabilitation works yesterday, the
minister said the job had to be redesigned following further examination of the
extent of the work required on the bridge.
He said: “It, therefore, became imperative to expand the
scope of works beyond the subsisting scope of work as awarded to accommodate
the additional works and quantities of work items needed to restore the
integrity and serviceability of this very important bridge.
“This led to the expansion of the scope of the contract to
allow for necessary remedial structural works beyond the initial limited scope,
culminating in the award of a new contract to Messrs CCECC Nigeria Limited in
the sum of N21,047,430,431.71, which is being flagged off today.
“It is my pleasure to inform you today that Mr. President,
in keeping with his promise of Renewed Hope for all Nigerians, has approved and
provided the funds needed for the completion of the project.”
The scope of works to be covered by the contract includes
the milling of existing asphaltic surface; provision of asphaltic concrete
wearing course on the carriageway across the entire bridge length and ramps to
a compacted thickness of 50 milimetres; removal and replacement of worm-out
expansion joints on the carriageway; removal of all existing guard rails and
installation of new ones; painting of guardrails, curb surface and concrete
banners; lane marking using thermoplastic material; and installation of solar
powered street lights for proper illumination.
Umahi assured Lagosians that when completed, the project
would ameliorate the suffering of commuters and all road users who ply the
“The resurfaced deck will ensure a smooth ending surface
that will reduce the spate of accidents and reduce wear and tear of vehicles;
solar-powered street fights will ensure proper illumination of the entire
stretch of the bridge for safety; security and aesthetics; painting of the
curbs and concrete barriers will give the bridge a new aesthetic look.
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“We intend to deliver this project in a systematic manner
that will cause only minimal discomfort to road users.
“In this regard, the
contractor has been directed to also work at night to ensure that the project
is delivered within the shortest possible time.
“Also, a comprehensive traffic management plan has been put
in place by the Federal Ministry of Works, working jointly with Lagos State
officials,” he said.
The minister urged road users to adhere to traffic plans to
ensure smooth movements during the rehabilitation period.
Umahi added: “We intend to start with the four ramps to the
bridge where works have already commenced on November 6 and will be completed
on or before December 13.
“The works on the major carriageway of the bridge will
commence on January 15.
“It is pertinent to state that the ongoing works, being
flagged off today, only cover the superstructure elements of the bridge…”