MOTORISTS were yesterday urged to see the closure of the 3rd Mainland Bridge, billed for midnight today (Thursday), as necessary inconvenience and sacrifice for the safety of the millions of commuters plying the bridge.
The urge came from Senator ‘Gbenga Ashafa (Lagos East), who, on February 7, 2013, moved a motion for a comprehensive rehabilitation of the bridge built in the early 90s under the administration of military President Ibrahim Babangida.
Ashafa said his motion calling on the Federal Government for immediate action was borne out of an independent assessment which showed that a substantial section of the bridge was failing.
The motion, he recalled, elicited a renewed commitment from the government to routine maintenance for its safety at all time.
The senator urged commuters to see the closure as a measure that must be taken to keep the integrity of the bridge.
He assured that alternative routes have been mapped out by the state government to cushion the effect of the closure on residents, especially those moving from the mainland to the island.
Ashafa said: “Onec again, the government has scheduled a closure of the bridge for a closure of the bridge for pre-maintenance assessment between the 23rd and 26th of August, 2018.
“The government of Lagos State in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Power, Works & Housing, have put in place palliative measure to ensure that this period of closure is as seamless as possible for all Lagosians.
Source: The Nation.