FG Begins Maintenance Of About 50 Bridges Across The Country

The federal government has commenced ar­rangement to rework about 50 bridges across the country, according to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, gave the in­dication while inspecting the rehabilitation of Lagos Ring Road Bridge Abutment and Approach to the Third Main­land Bridge project.

A statement by the Min­ister’s Special Adviser on Communications, Hakeem Bello, said some columns and beams of the Third Mainland Bridge were threatened be­cause of human activities, sand filling and ecological factors which resulted in ero­sion.

“The work we have come to inspect was awarded some years back when there was an indication of some mis-alignments here on the Lagos Outer Ring Road which is the beginning of what leads on to the Third Mainland Bridge itself being caused by erosion, sand filling and oth­er activities. ”

He said that the project which was slowed down by funding would be completed in November.

The statement quoted the minister as saying; many of the bridges in Lagos and across the country had suf­fered neglect and had not been undergoing routine maintenance.

Fashola believes that the current administration was determined to correct the trend and had begun the process for maintenance of about 50 bridges across the country if, according to him, it receives the support of the legislature.

“Many of the bridges we built in the country over the last four and five decades have not been under any form of maintenance.

“We now have a three-year plan affecting over 50 bridges across the country for maintenance, repairs and restoration. And it is going to cost about N270 billion over three years.

“Our plan is to start with about N70 to N100 billion in year one; starting with the very critical ones so that they do not collapse and then we move to the less critical ones”, he said.

The minister said that the government had done all the survey and assessments to unravel the problems, adding that it was waiting for appropriation and ap­proval of funds.

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