…Bridge Cordone off  For Safety Reasons 

Given the high premium the Lagos State Government attaches to the safety of lives of the people and considering the strategic importance of the ever-busy pedestrian bridge at Alapere/Estate Bus Stop on the Third Axial Road, the State Government today assured immediate commencement of construction works on the damaged Bridge 

During a visit to inspect the extent of damage to the bridge by a team comprising Lagos State Government Officials from the Ministry of Transportation, Office of Infrastructure, Material Testing Laboratory, and Public Works Corporation to ascertain the level of damage to the bridge, the Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Oluwaseun Osiyemi said while the Ascent to the Bridge has already beencordoned off, more traffic personnel will be deployed to stop the traffic intermittently for pedestrians to pass in addition there will be visual display at night for pedestrian safety. He added that signages and visual displays wouldbe put in place to alert pedestrians and other commuters as contingency measures while the investigations were carried out and the repair works lasted. 

Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Infrastructure, Engineer OlufemiDaramola said an assessment of the bridge will be immediately carried out to enable the conduct of integrity tests on the substructure, determine the extent of the damage and ascertain the level of reconstruction works to be carried out on the bridge to make it appropriate for continued public use.

Earlier the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Hon Sola Giwa was at the scene of the damaged Bridge to coordinate traffic response activities urged commuters to exercise utmost caution and said the recalcitrant driver and the vehicle would be prosecuted under the extant laws.

According to eyewitness accounts, the damage to the bridge which was constructed eleven years ago was said to have been caused by the impact of a container-laden truck, that tried to manoeuvre under the bridge bearing a load that was far beyond the provided headroom of the Bridge thereby causing negative impact to both vehicular traffic and pedestrian users of the Bridge. 

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government as part of efforts at revamping and revitalizing the bridge and give way to vehicular traffic has cleared the dismembered parts of the Bridge, inevitably closed the bridge for safety reasons, put in place necessary signages and visual displays to alert pedestrians and other commuters and has commenced the process of effecting necessary repairs.

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