- The Lagos state has announced the partial closure of Marine Beach Bridge
- The bridge will be closed for five months, effective from Wednesday, May 27, to Wednesday, October 21
- Lagos commissioner for transportation explained that the partial closure is to carry out repair works
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The Lagos state government has announced the partial closure of Marine Beach Bridge by Total Gas, inwards Apapa for five months.
The closure which is effective from Wednesday, May 27, to Wednesday, October 21, is for repair work which will ensure a seamless transportation system across the metropolis.
This is contained in a statement issued on Sunday, May 24, by Lagos commissioner for transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde.
Lagos closes Marine Beach Bridge for five months for repairs. Photo credit: Babajide Sanwo-Olu
Oladeinde said that the planned repairs on the bridge by the Federal Ministry of Works is vital to the safety of the people of Lagos.
He explained that necessary repair works have already been carried out on all alternative routes around the construction site, making them motorable to ease motorists' movement during the construction period.
Oladeinde averred that the exercise, which will entail bearing and expansion joint replacement is planned for two phases, with each phase focusing on one lane of the Bridge at a time.
He disclosed that adequate arrangements have been put in place to ensure that traffic within the axis is effectively managed during the construction period.
The commissioner noted that the officers of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority and other state law enforcement agencies will be deployed to the axis to ameliorate inconveniences that might arise from the closure.
He appealed to all vehicle owners and residents of the area to cooperate with the traffic management officers deployed to the area.
He said the state spends between N40,000 and N50,000 per test and has tested 16,000 people so far.
The commissioner pointed out that the COVID-19 tests performed in Lagos was is much higher than anywhere else in Nigeria.
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Meanwhile, as Lagos state considers full re-opening of the economy, the government is intensifying the distribution of face masks to residents in 57 LGAs/LCDAs.
Popular Fuji musician, Pasuma and comedian Owen Gee supported the Maskup Lagos. They shared the Lagos government's free face masks in the Ikeja and Mushin areas of the state.
This was disclosed in a tweet shared on the official Twitter handle of the Lagos state government.
Also, the state government on Thursday, May 21, disclosed that it has spent N640 million on COVID-19 tests.
Akin Abayomi, the state commissioner for health made the disclosure when giving an update on the COVID-19 situation in Lagos.
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