Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Marine Beach Bridge Apapa to be shut for repairs next week

The Federal Controller of Work in Lagos, Mr Kayode Popoola, on Wednesday, said that the Marine Beach Bridge in Apapa would be shut for repairs next week.

Popoola told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the contractor, Buildwell Nigeria Ltd, was already on site to begin replacement of damaged expansion joints and bearings on the bridge.

“The contractor delayed commencement on the repairs on the bridge till next week because ongoing patching of adjoining roads to the bridge to avert gridlock.

“I just came back from inspecting the Marine Beach Bridge now.

“The contractor is set to begin work, but we want them to finish with repair of all the adjoining roads before starting on the bridge.

“Next week, we are going to close the bridge and then the contractor will start work.

“The contractor is at the moment patching the roads, adding stone base and some cement to make sure the roads are stable during this period of the rainy season.

“We are going to replace the expansion joints and bearings and also do the jacketing of the piers on the bridge.

“That means that we are going to surround it with reinforcement and put fresh concrete.

“The beam of the bridge will be lifted up, so that we can see all the bearings very well to change the bad ones.

“We are going to work on about 45 metres on both carriageways.

“We will finish work on one carriageway and move traffic to it before we continue on the next bound,’’ he told NAN.

The controller of works said that a traffic management architecture was being evolved in conjunction with traffic regulatory agencies and law enforcement agencies to avert gridlock and hardship to road users.

Popoola, however, appealed for understanding of road users during the construction to ensure speedy completion of repair works on the bridge. (NAN)

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