The Federal Government has approved the reopening of the Eko Bridge and the Marine Beach Bridge in Lagos State with effect from Monday, October 19, 2020.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), revealed this in a statement titled, ‘After Emergency Repairs By FG, Fashola Approves Reopening Of Eko, Marine Bridges On Monday’ and signed by the ministry’s Director of Press and Publicity, Boade Akinola.
The government had shut the Eko Bridge and Marine Beach Bridge in March and May respectively for repairs after it declared it unsafe for public use.
However, the Minister, on Saturday, directed that both bridges be reopened to traffic from Monday, October 19, 2020.
The Eko Bridge links Lagos Island to the Mainland while the Marine Bridge connects motorists to the Apapa area of the city.
The statement read, “After concluding urgently needed repair works on Eko and Marine Bridges in Lagos, the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, has directed that both bridges be reopened to traffic on Monday, October 19, 2020. The approval for the reopening of both bridges was sequel to the report by the contractor handling the projects, Messrs. Buildwell Plant & Equipment Industries Limited that the repair works on the first phase had been completed 100 per cent.”
The Minister thanked the Lagos residents for their patience, understanding, and cooperation while sections of the bridges were closed.
He added, “While the completed section of the Eko Bridge (Lagos Island Bound) should be reopened to traffic, work should commence immediately on the Alaka Bound side of the project.”