FG re­opens Ijora/apapa Bridge five months af­ter

The Punch - - FRONT PAGE - Mau­reen Ihua-maduenyi

Five months af­ter a sec­tion of the Ijora/apapa Bridge was closed for re­pairs, the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has re­opened it for ve­hic­u­lar move­ment.

The closed sec­tion of the bridge was opened at about 6pm on Fri­day when the Fed­eral Con­troller of Works, La­gos, Mr Adedamola Kuti, de­clared it open for pub­lic use.

Ac­cord­ing to the Manag­ing Direc­tor and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Hallekem Lim­ited, the project con­trac­tor, Haim Halle, the re­pair of the 325 me­tres stretch of the bridge was com­pleted in five months, in­stead of the one- year con­tract pe­riod.

The Ijora Bridge was closed for re­pairs and for­ti­fi­ca­tion fol­low­ing the par­tial com­ple­tion of work on the two-kilo­me­tre stretch of the road lead­ing into Apapa.

The bridge links Apapa to other parts of the La­gos me­trop­o­lis through the Wharf Road.

Prior to the clo­sure, there were calls by con­cerned com­muters over the state of the bridge, which car­ries heavy traf­fic in­clud­ing ar­tic­u­lated trucks con­vey­ing petroleum and other prod­ucts from the de­pots at the Apapa Port.

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment also com­menced the resur­fac­ing of the Third Main­land Bridge, on Fri­day, to ensure hitch free move­ment dur­ing the fes­tive pe­riod.

Kuti said it was part of a main­te­nance ex­er­cise to keep the bridge in good con­di­tion, ad­ding that work would be­gin on the re­pair of the piles in Jan­uary.

He added that the ex­pan­sion joint re­pairs would also com­mence in the early part of next year.

Kuti ex­plained that the milling and resur­fac­ing work, which were not part of the orig­i­nal con­tract for the ren­o­va­tion of the bridge, were to ensure safe driv­ing on the bridge.

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