The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has aligned with the Federal Government’s position that the Third Mainland Bridge is safe for human and vehicular traffic.
The Apapa Branch Secretariat of NSE gave the assurance in a statement obtained by Safety Record.
According to the statement, a team comprising the leadership of the Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers (NICE) and the Controller of Works in Lagos, Engr. Adedamola Kuti, had embarked on a technical visit to the bridge on April 22 during which it ascertained that the bridge posed no risk to commuters.
This followed an uproar generated by a viral Facebook video which showed an expansion joint in the popular bridge coming loose.
The NICE team comprised National Chairman, National Vice Chairman and Lagos Chapter Chairman, Engr. James Owivry, Engr. Tokunbo Ajanaku and Engr. Lola Adetona respectively.
Others are: NSE Lagos Branch Chairman, Engr Musiliu Agoro, APWEN Lagos Chapter Chairman, Engr. Mrs. Laolu Adedapo-Aisida, Engr. James Akanmu, Engr. Olayinka Abdul and Engr. Sherifat Adeleye,.
Also at the inspection were the Chairman and General Secretary of NSE Apapa Branch, Engr. Sunny Ejeje and Engr. Monsurah Abimbola Alagbe respectively.
The statement read in part, “We, as an Engineering body, can help to allay the public’s fears that:
“The expansion joints are not the structural parts of the bridge and do not have structural bearing on the stability of the bridge.
“The Third Mainland Bridge is safe for vehicular and human traffic.
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“The Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing did an underwater integrity test on the bridge three weeks ago and the reports were analysed and the results are okay.
“The weak expansion joints, 12 in number, have never been worked on over 35 years of the bridge’s life.
“The Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing has awarded repair works on the weak expansion joints and procurement has already been made towards this. Work would commence soon.”
The statement noted that the Federal Government usually performed period maintenance on all the bridges every four or five years.
It further noted that in the past 11 years, maintenance on the Third Mainland Bridge was done in 2008, another one in 2012/2013, while the present one for 2018/2019 started last year and is ongoing..
Concerns by many Nigerians had compelled the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to assure Nigerians that “our engineers and consultants have advised that (the expansion joint) does not pose any structural danger to the bridge and it is safe to use.”