Lagos traffic jam have worsened following the partial closure of Eko Bridge for repairs by the Federal Ministry of Works and the Lagos State Government.
The bridge, which was shutdown from Alaka end towards Lagos Island, resulting to traffic extending up to the Fadeyi bus stop, also affected those from inward Surulere.
Addressing reporters on the closure, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said that the partial closure was necessary to carry out repairs on defective parts of the bridge, which was built in 1976 but had not been maintained since then.
“You can see there are spaces in the expansion joints. These are things we need to see how quickly they can be fixed. Our contractors are the original builders of the bridge, so it’s for us to take full precautionary methods. This is why we don’t want to take chances. These bridges are not meant to have trucks and containers parked on them. They are not designed for such usage“
The State governor further added: “We will go back to the Ministry of Transportation, do impact assessment and see where we can advise commuters to move to and provide alternative routes. When we feel it’s safe to open it temporarily or fully, we will communicate.”
According to the State Governor, the ongoing work is to maintain other defective bridges across the state and urged Lagosians to obey traffic rules to avoid congestion.
He further advised motorists to use alternative routes for those heading for Lagos Island from Funsho Williams Avenue through Iponri to Costain, connecting Eko Bridge through the National Theatre entry point.
Motorists can also pass from Bode Thomas to Eric Moore Road and connect Abebe Village (Nigerian Breweries) to Costain and link their destination through National Theatre to Eko Bridge, the travel advisory stated.
“Other alternative routes made available are from National Stadium to connect Shitta Roundabout, onward to Adeniran Ogunsanya Road, Bode Thomas, Eric Moore to Abebe Village (Nigerian Breweries) and Costain to link destination through Eko Bridge.”
“Motorists from Ojuelegba are advised to ply Tejuoso to Yaba, Murtala Mohammed Way to Oyingbo-Iddo-Otto to Idumota Bridge or Carter Bridge and connect their destination“
“Commuters from Agege Motor Road or Ikorodu Road should drive through Jibowu to connect Herbert Macaulay Way to Adekunle and Third Mainland Bridge towards Lagos Island or other destinations,” the statement added”.