Lagos State Government has announced a two-week change to the traffic flow that will shift diversion point on the bridge to a closer position for traffic coming from Iyana-Oworonsoki going to Adekunle or Lagos Island.

This is to accomplish the planned reopening of the 3rd Mainland Bridge on February 22.

A statement by the Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, said the adjustment is to allow for the removal, replacement and casting of 23 joint in addition to the two other joints (16 and 17) that are being worked on by the Federal Ministry of Works contractor.

The planned two weeks temporary traffic flow changes shall be from midnight January 15, to midnight January 29.

The current traffic status shall then resume at 00.01 hours on January 30.

The commissioner said there shall be no vehicular access from Iyana Oworonsoki to Adekunle axis on the slip road/ramp down on the 3rd Mainland Bridge for the two weeks period (midnight 15th to midnight 29th) temporary change restrictions.

He said traffic from Ogudu, Alapere and Gbagada going to Adekunle axis should use Ikorodu Road, Jibowu and Yaba as alternative routes.

“There shall be no access for vehicular movements from the Adekunle axis towards Iyana Oworosoki on 3rd Mainland Bridge between midnight and 1pm (15 to 29 January). All Iyana Oworonsoki bound traffic from Lagos Island, Iddo, Oyingbo, Adekunle and Yaba should use Herbert Macaulay Way, Jibowu and Ikorodu as alternative routes.

“The current crossover position on the bridge for Adekunle or Lagos Island bound traffic from Iyana Oworonsoki between midnight and noon will now be at a new closer position for two weeks.

“The current shared movement of midnight to noon for Lagos Island traffic bound from Iyana Oworosoki shall remain.

“The current 1pm to midnight Mainland (Iyana Oworonsoki) bound traffic flow from Lagos Island shall remain.

“The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) shall continue to ensure the vigorous management of traffic control and enforcement on the 3rd Mainland Bridge and all identified alternative routes to ensure an endurable and acceptable traffic movement experience for motorists during these trying periods.

“Other previous traffic flow advisory measures announced by the Lagos State Government for the partial closure of the 3rd Mainland Bridge remain the same.”

Assuring that the bridge will be opened to traffic flow as soon as possible, the Lagos State Government through this statement appeals to road users along the corridor to drive patiently and follow the traffic advice, as any inconvenience this may cause will be temporary.