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FG says traffic diversion for airport flyover bridge rehabilitation now starts August 13

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The Federal Government has announced that the planned traffic diversion to allow for the rehabilitation of the burnt section of the Airport flyover bridge in Lagos will now commence on Friday, August 13, 2021 until September 22, 2021.

The announcement of the new date is coming after the Lagos State government had a few days ago said that there will be diversion of traffic on Apapa-Oshodi expressway for repair work on Airport flyover bridge from August 9, to October 3, 2021.

According to NAN, this disclosure was made by the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr Olukayode Popoola, on Sunday night

Popoola said that traffic on the Apakun axis on Oshodi Expressway would be diverted to Ladipo service lane and Airport Road for 3 days starting from midnight on Friday with the repair works on the bridge expected to begin on August 16.

What the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos is saying

Popoola said that the traffic diversion will subsequently be altered around the construction zone to enable the contractor jerk up the damaged bridge for repairs.

He said, “The closure of Oshodi Expressway at Apakun will be on Friday, 13th Aug. by 12.00 p.m till 16th Aug. Monday morning 12.00 p.m. Traffic will be diverted to Ladipo service lane and Airport Road.

“From 16th, the carriageway will be narrowed to two outer lanes so that the contractor can carry out the jacketing of the pier. This will last for five weeks, from Aug. 16 to Sept. 22.’’

He appealed to road users to obey traffic rules and regulations around the construction zone to ensure safety and speedy completion of the project.

What you should know

  • It can be recalled that in January 2021, the Lagos State Government shut down the Airport flyover bridge, which spans the Apapa-Oshodi-Ojota-Oworonshoki Expressway project being reconstructed, over a petrol tanker incident that affected the bridge.
  • Following the incident the Federal government immediately shut the bridge and on Jan. 8 carried out tests to determine its structural integrity leading to contract award for its rehabilitation.

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