The Federal Road Safety Corps (Lagos State Command) on Thursday assured residents of the state of free flow of traffic as the Third Mainland Bridge temporarily closes to traffic Thursday midnight.
Sector Commander of FRSC in the state, Mr. Hyginus Omeje, gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.
He said 200 personnel had been deployed to the critical corridors to facilitate free flow of movement of vehicles.
Omeje said that the corps was working in cooperation with other law enforcement agencies to check gridlock on the road as a result of the ongoing repairs on the bridge.
“We have about 200 FRSC personnel joined with LASTMA, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Police.
“All efforts have been put in place to ensure that there is free flow of traffic at various alternative routes for motorists.
“The traffic officers have mapped out strategic and alternative routes where the personnel will be positioned to direct the motorists accordingly and ensure their compliance with traffic rules,” he said.
The FRSC chief said that motorists coming from Lagos-Ibadan can use alternative routes to connect Ikorodu-Funso Williams, Western Avenue to Eko Bridge.
“Other alternatives are from Toll Gate to Alapare-Ogudu, Iyana Oworo to Gbagada to Anthony, then down to Ikorodu road.
“The rest are from Oshodi-Apapa Expressway to Orile to Eko Bridge or Ijora Olopa.”
According to him, moving out of Lagos Island, motorists can make their way to Adeniji Carter Bridge, Idumagbo down to Oyingbo, then to Herbert Macaulay to Ijora Olopa to Eko Bridge.
Omeje advised motorists to make use of Bus Rapid Transit and waterways, if they find it unnecessary to use their private vehicles.
“If you don’t have anything doing on Island for those four days, you can stay away to avoid gridlocks or make use of BRT and waterways.
“It is a lot faster and less stressful from Ikorodu to CMS,” he noted.
Contributing, Mr. Chris Olakpe, the Chief Executive Officer, LASTMA, also told NAN that about 150 LASTMA officials had been drafted to ensure free movement of vehicles during the closure of the bridge.
Olakpe said that the personnel were stationed at various critical routes to monitor the movement of the vehicles and give them directions.
“LASTMA is on top of the game and we are joining forces with other law enforcement agencies to handle the traffic, especially at the Eko Bridge.
“My advice to motorists is that they should adhere to instructions from the officials and drive safely to ensure sanity on the road during the closure of the bridge,” Olakpe said.
NAN reports that the Lagos State Government had announced the temporary closure of the Third Mainland Bridge for four days, beginning from midnight of Thursday, August 23 to midnight of Sunday, August 26.
It said the development would allow for investigative maintenance test to be carried out before embarking on proper repairs.
The Federal Government had, in July, announced plans to shut the bridge but shelved the closure after consulting with the Lagos State Government and other stakeholders.