Friday, 10 August 2012

Third Mainland Bridge: Repair works will not exceed deadline – Minister

Minister of Works, Mike
Onolememen, an architect
has reassured Lagos
residents that the November
7, 2012 deadline for the
completion of the ongoing
repair works on some
portions of the Third
Mainland Bridge will not
exceed a day.
The minister who made this
reassurance yesterday while
on inspection of the repair
works for the first time since
the project commenced on
July 6, 2012 to ascertain the
quality of work and whether
the construction company
handling it is moving with
time, said he was impressed
with the progress of work
the repair project which cost
is put at a whopping one
billion naira has attained.
Onolememen who noted that
the decision by the federal
government to embark on
the repair works goes to
demonstrate the importance
the administration attaches
to the bridge which he
described as a national asset,
and the safety of lives and
properties of Nigerians,
added that “as you all know,
Lagos is the commercial
nerve centre of Nigeria with
more than 53 per cent of
commercial transactions and
activities in the country
originating and terminating
in the sprawling city. This is
why the bridge must be
accorded the attention it
requires to keep it in good
condition all the time,
considering its busy nature”.
Explaining that the bridge is
the longest in Africa,
measuring about 11.8
kilometres in length and an
average width of 14.60
metres starting from
Oworonshoki which links
Apapa/Oshodi Expressway
and Lagos/Ibadan
Expressway ending at the
Adeniji Adele interchange on
Lagos Island, the minister
said the repair works
commenced in earnest
concentrating on the Lagos
bound lanes where three
expansion joints have since
been demolished using the
hydro-demolition technique
after the flag-off of the repair
works on July 6.
According to him, “it is
pertinent to note that the
hydro-demolition technique
was adopted because of the
sensitive nature of the
bridge structure. Removing
damaged or poor quality
concrete from sensitive
structures like bridges using
the hydro-demolition
techniques is accepted
universally and favoured over
the conventional way using
percussive tools.

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