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Apapa Bridge to be shut down for repairs

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Port users should be prepared for another round of traffic snarl, Federal Government plans to completely shut down the Apapa Bridge to allow for for permanent repair works.

The Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Adedamola Kuti, has disclosed that the Apapa Bridge would be closed for permanent repairs as soon as stakeholders come up with alternative routes for commuters.

The bridge is the major link with the seaports through Wharf Road to Ijora.

Kuti told journalists that already, Julius Berger Plc., the contractor handling the project, is ready to move to site.

According to him, the Ministry of Works is already working on effective traffic diversion alternatives that would ensure minimal stress on road users.

On the current state of the bridge, Kuti explained that it would remain in use for now because of an earlier emergency repair work done by Julius Berger to stabilize it.

The controller stressed that Messrs Buildwell Nigeria Limited had completed permanent repairs on an extension of the bridge that was damaged by fire.

He said that when Julius Berger moves to site, it would carry out permanent repairs on the portion of the bridge awarded to it.

“The repair work will be done on the bridge slab on the outbound Apapa carriageway.

“The situation we have found ourselves now is that for Julius Berger to start work, it means we have to divert traffic and we are still looking for the best alternatives.


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