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FG FEC allocates N6.28bn for Third Mainland bridge maintenance 



On Wednesday, April 12th, the Federal Government approved N6.28bn for surface maintenance of the Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos State.

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, briefed State House correspondents after this week’s Federal Executive Council(FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa which was presided over by the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo. 

Fashola said the funds were meant to be used for  the 24-month repair which will cover 11 kilometres including interchanges, ramps, and critical links.

He said the move aligns with Executive Order 11 signed by the President, Muhammadu Buhari, in April 2022, which gave legal backing to the country’s national maintenance policy.

The funding comes barely two weeks after the Lagos State Government said it would undertake rehabilitation works on the 32-year-old Bridge to repair failed and peeled asphaltic sections and substructure.

However, Fashola argued that the funds would not be used to engage in any duplication of efforts.

The former Lagos State governor said the State’s Public Works Corporation will focus on the functional structure of the bridge such as the underwater piles, while the FG will undertake surface maintenance to treat potholes and restore missing guard rails.

He said “Council approved a fresh contract for the maintenance of the pavement of the third mainland bridge and this was approved in the sum of N6.28bn for a period of 24 months.

“I have been asked about the works that have been done on the bridge before. The works are concentrating largely on the substructure of the bridge; the underwater piles, the pile caps and also the replacement of the expansion joints and the bearings.

“These are maintenance works that are critical to the structural integrity of the bridge. What we’re dealing with now is different. It is the driving surface and also the aesthetics. Some of the rails have been stolen. Some of the pleats are misaligned at the routes that lead you on and off the bridge.”

Fashola added that there are no anticipated prolonged closures of the bridge  during the works.

Meanwhile, the council also approved N17.5bn variation for the contract for the construction of the old Enugu-Onitsha road whose current sum now stands at N48.99bn.

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