Umar Bakare, the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos State, stated concerning the 50% completion of the rehabilitated Apongbon Bridge.
He stated this on Friday confirming that the project would be completed in May and the highway reopened to traffic.
“We are planning to re-open Apongbon Bridge by May 2023. As I am talking to you, we are moving towards 50 per cent and by May we will re-open it.“As for the damage caused by the fire on Apongbon Bridge, all the piers have been repaired, we are replacing what we call the bearings, that is what we are doing now to finish up the surface of the bridge,’’ he said.
According to him, the contract for the comprehensive rehabilitation of the entire Eko Bridge had earlier been awarded and was ongoing before the unfortunate fire under the Apongbon Bridge and later the Ijora Olopa Section.Meanwhile, Bakare said the contract for the comprehensive repairs of the Eko Bridge had a completion period of 43 months which would lapse in 2025
However, he noted that the comprehensive rehabilitation project was about 15 percent completed.“The whole of Eko Bridge is undergoing comprehensive rehabilitation, from beginning to the end. This project is supposed to last for 43 months which is by October 2025.“We are working double fast in order to be able to fix the areas that were gutted by fire,’’ the controller added.
Necessary tests were carried out to ensure the construction of Apongbon Bridge was solid and safe. Also measures towards safeguarding all Lagos bridges against abuse were ongoing.Bakare said the Federal Ministry of Works was collaborating with the Lagos State Government and compiling illegal activities under bridges.He further explained that recommendations were being made, to be forwarded to its headquarters in Abuja, on how to rid the bridges of illegal occupants causing damage to the public infrastructure.