Eko, Carter, other bridges to undergo repairs – Hamzat
Hamzat told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Thursday that the repair of the bridges was part of an ongoing maintenance of faulty expansion joints of bridges in the city
The Lagos State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, says that eight bridges in Lagos, including the landmark Eko and Carter Bridges, are to undergo repairs.
Hamzat told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Thursday that the repair of the bridges was part of an ongoing maintenance of faulty expansion joints of bridges in the city.
Hamzat also confirmed that repair of the faulty expansion joints of the Oke-Afa Bridge in Ejigbo would commence next week.
He named other bridges to be repaired as Iyana-Ipaja, Iyana-Dopemu, Oke-Afa, Alhaji Masha, Ikotun Egbe and Ita-Oluwo Bridge in Ikorodu, near Lagos.
He said: “We are working on eight bridges.
“Seven of them are to be handled by CCECC, while Eko Bridge is to be handled by Julius Berger.
“We finished work on Iyana-Ipaja Bridge on Saturday.
“That is why we opened it to traffic.
“We are moving next to begin repair on Oke-Afa Bridge in Ejigbo.
“We hope to move to site next week.”
The commissioner said that work on Eko Bridge would entail repairing both faulty expansion joints and replacement of damaged bearings on the bridge.
Hamzat said that the bridges were being repaired one after the other in order not to paralyse activities in the nation’s economic capital.
He noted that high traffic volume and procurement of repair materials, which had to be imported, were some of the challenges experienced in the course of the repair project.
The commissioner commended traffic and law enforcement agencies in the state for their effort in managing traffic during the repairs.
Hamzat said that all the vandalised manhole covers on Eko Bridge, Funsho Williams Avenue and other locations in the state were being replaced with materials that would be impossible to steal.
He added: “We are replacing the manholes with resin-based fibre products.
“So it is useless if stolen.
“The metallic ones are deliberately stolen, so we have to be innovative to use materials that do not have economic value to the vandals.”