Ahead of the planned partial closure of the third mainland bridge beginning from this Friday, July 24,
the Lagos state Commissioner for Transportation, Frederic Oladeinde has explained why the maintenance works for the bridge weren’t carried out during the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an interview with TVC this morning July 20, Oladeinde said
”When we had COVID, nobody understood it and also remember that the people we were sending to fix the road are also human beings so we needed to understand the evolution of COVID and how we would then structure the guidelines around it.
So it was important to keep everybody away because our number one priority is to make sure everybody is safe and that we do not lose anybody.
And secondly, the lockdown period was only a month and this maintenance is about six months so irrespective we would have still gone pass the lockdown and the people would have still been affected”
Oladeinde said efforts are currently being made to make alternative routes motorable. The 11km bridge which links the mainland and the Island, will be partially closed for repairs beginning from July 24 till sometime in January.
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