The Ministry of Power, Works and Housing has assured Lagosians that the Third Mainland Bridge is safe for commuters.
The assurance came following a viral Facebook video which showed an expansion joint in the popular bridge coming loose, raising concerns of an imminent collapse.
However, the ministry disclosed in a statement signed by Special Adviser on Communications to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Hakeem Bello, that the expansion joint was one of those earmarked for maintenance.
The statement read, “The public is hereby informed that the expansion joint shown in a Facebook video clip is one of those slated for change during repairs on the Third Mainland Bridge, which will commence soon.
“It is still functioning and our engineers and consultants have advised that it does not pose any structural danger to the bridge and it is safe to use.
“Tests done on the expansion joints then, called ‘static and dynamic load tests,’ were to check the functionality of the joints and a number of expansion joints were identified for replacement.
“More recently, in March this year, underwater confirmatory tests preceding the repair works to be done on the bridge were also carried out on the piles to determine any further deterioration on the piles from that done in 2018.
“However, all the tests done preparatory to closure of the bridge to commencement of comprehensive maintenance works indicate that the integrity of the bridge is intact.
“Therefore, the Third Mainland Bridge is safe for use, and people should desist from spreading or sharing false information about the bridge on social media platforms,” the statement which was released by the ministry read.
The repair works on the expansion joints is a routine bridge maintenance programme being executed by the current administration.