…As Ogun FRSC begs motorists: Limit your speed on highways to avoid crashes***
Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, the Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), says 75 per cent of the vehicles plying the Third Mainland Bridge will still be captured in spite of its partial closure.
Oyeyemi made the clarification on Tuesday during his working visit to the bridge to observe traffic situation and ascertain the level of work at the site, noting that 75 per cent of the traffic on the bridge will still be captured.
The rehabilitation work on the bridge, which began on July 24, is expected to end on Jan. 24, 2021.
“Only 25 per cent will be directed to the alternative routes during the period of surface rehabilitation works on the bridge.
“The maintenance work, which is being implemented by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, is divided into two phases with each phase lasting for three months.
“Phase one is dedicated to repairs of the outward Oworonshoki bound lane of the bridge, while the second phase will focus on the Lagos Island-bound carriageway,” the corps marshal said.
He said that the length of space under rehabilitation was 3.6 kilometres between Adeniji Adele and Adekunle routes out of the total length of the bridge, put at 11.8 kilometres.
Oyeyemi added that the 11.8 kilometres long Third Mainland Bridge was a critical corridor connecting Mainland and Island.
He said that the corridor carried the average daily traffic between Lagos Mainland and Island with 60,000 vehicles inward bound Island at peak period and 20,000 outward with 250 personnel on the ground to direct the traffic 24 hours.
“The corps has deployed 250 personnel, 200 Marshals and 50 officers together with 15 patrol vehicles, two heavy trucks, two light trucks, two Ambulance and two motorbikes to control traffic.
“The identified locations for personnel fortification include: Stadium, Costain Roundabout, Iponri, Surulere, Eko Bridge Apongbon Alaska end, Oyingbo, Carter bridge, CMS Bus Stop and Iddo,” Oyeyemi said.
The corps marshal, however, appreciated the other security agencies, like Police, Civil Defence Corps and Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) for their collaborations in ensuring adequate security on the bridge.
In his remarks, Mr Popoola Olukayode, the Federal Controller of Works in Charge of Lagos State, said the contractor had been working progressively to ensure that the work was completed as scheduled.
“As we speak, work is ongoing at the six expansion joints that we are going to replace.
“The contractor is now cutting the steel so that they can be able to pull it out of the joint where it is being buried.
“So, after that one, we are going to replace the expansion joint one after the other and the work is progressing steadily.
“After the three months, we will shift to the other lane, and we are assuring Lagos residents that we are not going to extend the six months period that we will use to carry out the rehabilitation,” Olukayode said.
He said there were about 10 engineers supervising the project to ensure the work was done perfectly.
In another development, the Ogun Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has warned motorists to limit their speed while on the highways in order to avoid unnecessary road traffic crashes.
The FRSC Sector Commander in the state, Mr Ahmed Umar, gave the warning on Tuesday in Ota, Ogun.
Umar was reacting to the accident that occurred on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, leading to the death of three persons, with seven others injured, after a commercial Mazda bus, marked FUF 109 ZD, coming to Lagos from Kwara, on Tuesday, had a burst tyre at the Youth Camp area, on Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
Umar said that the accident could have been averted if the commercial bus had adhered strictly to the speed limit.
“The FRSC wants to appeal to motorists to install speed limit devices in their vehicles to regulate and prevent a tragedy when accidents occur,” he said.
The sector commander enjoined motorists to refrain from putting used tyres on their vehicles so as to avoid unnecessary mishaps on the road.
Umar, however, condoled with the families of the accident victims and prayed to God to grant them the fortitude to bear the losses.