Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, during inspection of Rehabilitation of Outer Marina Road and Eko Bridge through Apongbon Bridge with Access Ramps Project on Saturday, April 3, 2021, has said that it is speeding up rehabilitation works on the Outer Marina road network in Lagos State to improve accessibility toward the closure of Falomo Bridge for repairs.
This is coming after the government had suspended its planned closure of Falomo Bridge for 8 weeks.
We have to close the Falomo Bridge sometime this year for at least eight weeks to finish the bridge maintenance work we are undertaking. We have slowed down that decision because of this road (Outer Marina) project.
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We think that it is sensitive to Lagos commuters and Lagos residents to keep one lane between Victoria Island and Ikoyi open while we are working. Once we progress beyond Onikan toward Ebute Ero, sometime this year, we would have to close Falomo Bridge to finish our work there,’’ Fashola said.
He said that the Federal Government earlier delayed work on Falomo Bridge to complete the Third Mainland Bridge to reduce congestion and hardship to road users.
“Once there is a route through from Awolowo Road through Onikan to come this way (Ahmadu Bello Way), then, that is a good time to quickly deal with Falomo Bridge so that once and for all, our operations here including the bridges, are complete.
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The heavy and the difficult part will be from Apongbon, Ebute-Ero through CMS – how we manage traffic there working with Lagos State Government and Federal Roads Safety Corps while construction is going on.’
This is one of 44 roads currently being financed by Sukuk across Nigeria; again, this speaks to the fact that no zone is left behind. Sukuk is not in all states but it is in all zones.’’
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