Mrs Aramide Adeyoye, The Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure has said that 10 major access roads would be opened as alternative routes after the closure of the bridge.
However, on Sunday the Federal and Lagos State Government after a joint inspection of the fixing of the alternative routes towards the closing of the third mainland bridge partially for repairs urged Nigerians to cease from dumping refuse in the drains which leads to flooding and gradual degeneration of the roads.
Mr. Popoola Olukayode, The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos said:
“The joint inspection we are carrying out has to do with the partial closure of the Third Mainland Bridge that is coming up on the 24th of this month.
“We have gone round and seen many places. We started from Ojota, came down to Maryland; we saw where we need to put more attention; we saw where Lagos State has done repairs.
“Right here now we are at Abebe. The problem we have here is just the attitude of the residents. “We saw the drains, they are all blocked with used tyres, papers and so many things that should not be there.
“We are appealing to our people to change their attitude. Government is spending a lot of money to make sure that the roads are maintained but our people are not cooperating
. “There is no need to turn the drains into refuse cans. Please change your attitudes, otherwise, the blockade will constitute a nuisance and the roads will continue to get spoilt on a daily basis,’’
He therefore reconfirmed that the third mainland bridge would be closed partially by July 24 at midnight for the commencement of repairs on the bridge.
“We are changing the bearings, the expansion joints and then re-surfacing the bridge. We will make sure we work day and night so that the six months completion date will not be exceeded.”