The Federal Government today directed the IMMEDIATE CLOSURE of the Ijora-Olopa Bridge after discovering that some miscreants had tampered with the major reinforcement elements of the deck from underneath, which led to the failure of a section of the Bridge along Ijora Olopa Road beside the Water Corporation, Ijora.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN, in a Press Statement signed by his Special Adviser on Communications, Mr Hakeem Bello, identified the failed section as the Ijora-Olopa inward Ijora-Oloye–Apapa.
According to the Statement, Roads leading directly to the Bridge, such as Besidestain inward Eko Bridge and Carter Bridge descent inward Ijora , have, as a result, been closed to traffic from last night.
Working in partnership with the lair state government and other traffic management authorities, the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos has also issued the following Traffic Advisory to ensure that motorists and other members of the commuting public can use alternative routes.
—From Eko Bridge, motorists should take IGANMU/ SIFAX to Ijora-Oloye or ApaLagos From Iddo to Ijora-Oloye/Apapa, traffic will be diverted at the intersection underpass at Ijora Olopa on contraflow, and reconnected at the U-Turn to Ijora-Oloye or Apapa.
It would be recalled that the Hon. Minister of Works and Housing has several times asked illegal squatters occupying Lagos under-bridges to quit as fire incidents and other unlawful activities underneath such bridges often result in extensive damage to the vital infrastructure constructed with the nation’s scarce resources. The Statement reads further.
Reported By A.D.S