Given the high premium it places on the safety of lives of the people, the Lagos State Government today announced that the contractor engaged for the reconstruction of the ever-busy pedestrian bridge at Alapere/Estate Bus Stop on the Third Axial Road has mobilisedto the site for commencement of construction works on the damaged Bridge. 

During a visit to the bridge by a team comprising Lagos State Government Officialsfrom the Office of Infrastructure and the Contractor, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Infrastructure, Engineer Olufemi Daramola said an assessment and the necessary integrity tests on the bridge has been conducted, to ascertain the level of reconstruction works to be carried out on the bridge to make it appropriate for continued public use.

According to the Special Adviser, based on the results of the tests carried out, a new design for the bridge with increased vehicular headroom is ready for implementation. The contractor has started carrying out preliminary works such as the dismantling of steel elements and handrails of the damaged pedestrian bridge immediatelyand demobilisation of the standing sections of the Bridge” he said. 

While urging pedestrians and commuters to exercise utmost caution., he said, “In the interim, we have deployed more traffic personnel to manage the traffic, and the contractor put in place effective logistics for a traffic management and diversion plan for pedestrian safety while the bridge construction lasts,” Daramola said 

According to the Special Adviser, “the Administration of Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu is a responsive one and would leave no stone unturned at revitalizing the pedestrian bridge as quickly as possible

Recall that, the damage to the bridge which was constructed eleven years ago was 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 a negative impact to both vehicular traffic and pedestrian users of the Bridge. 

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