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FG to reopen Lagos Airport link road to traffic this month, says official

By Guardian Nigeria
11 November 2021   |   4:01 am
The Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Olukayode Popoola, on Wednesday said rehabilitation work on the damaged Lagos Airport Flyover has been completed and the bridge would be reopened to traffic this month.

Access to the bridge linking International Airport road cordoned off. PHOTO:FEMI ADEBESIN-KUTI

The Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Olukayode Popoola, on Wednesday said rehabilitation work on the damaged Lagos Airport Flyover has been completed and the bridge would be reopened to traffic this month.

Popoola said the contractor, Phylo Nigeria Ltd. has completed rehabilitation work but Hi-Tech needs to do concrete pavement to link the bridge.

Hi-Tech is the sub-contractor to Dangote Group handling the ongoing Apapa- Oshodi- Oworonshoki Expressway rehabilitation/reconstruction project, which links the Airport Bridge.

“The contractor has completed the work, it is just the approach to that Airport Bridge now which Hi-Tech will do the concrete work on.

“We could have opened it, but right in front of Ladipo Hi-Tech needs to go and do the pavement. I spoke with them this morning, they will soon go and do it.

“As for the burnt Airport Bridge, the contractor has already completed the work.

“When we do concrete work we give it maximum of 18 days to solidify before we open the road to the public. So, before the end of this month, the bridge will be opened,” he said.

The bridge, which links the Muritala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) from the Apapa seaport was engulfed in a diesel tanker fire on January 7.

The bridge deck and column and about 200 meters of the rigid pavement construction done by the Dangote Group, were destroyed.

Following the incident, the Federal government shut the bridge on January 8, and carried out tests to determine its structural integrity leading to an award of contract for its rehabilitation.