The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved a contract for the pavement of the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents after the meeting of the council presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
“We presented two memoranda to the council; both were approved; the first is with regards to contract cost revision by way of augmentation for the old Enugu-Onitsha road from Opi junction all the way to Udi-Oji to Anambra border in Enugu State.
The augmentation was in the sum of N17 billion, which revised the contract sum to N49 billion with an additional completion time of 42 months.’’ The minister said the second contract was a fresh contract for the maintenance of the pavement of the third mainland bridge.
He said that maintenance would address public concerns about potholes on the bridge. “And this was approved in the sum of N6.3 billion for a period of 24 months. This contract responds to the questions on potholes that have become manifest on the entire pavement of the deck of the bridge spanning 11 eleven kilometres and the interchanges—Adeniji Adele, Adekunle and Gbagada ramps that all link the bridge; this is for the resurfacing of all that.”
Mr Fashola said the maintenance works are critical to the bridge’s structural integrity and would restore the driving surface and the aesthetics. “Some of the rails that have been stolen; some of the planes that have misaligned at the ramps that lead you on and off the bridge. So, this is the work that is being done now; so all the experience, avoiding potholes on the bridge; this project will tackle that,’’ he said.