The Federal Government of Nigeria has approved N290.745 million for a comprehensive underwater inspection of the Lagos Third Mainland Bridge, according to a statement by Labaran Maku, Minister of Information.
Maku explained that the bridge, which is a “vital artery on the federal highways network connecting Lagos mainland to the island requires replacement of damaged expansion joints and bearings as indicated by investigations conducted in 2008.” The Minister said that investigations were carried out in 2008 following complaints that the bridge was deteriorating and needed repair. “The reports indicated that the bridge was structurally sound but required the replacement of damaged expansion joints and bearings,” he explained.
“The inspection will involve comprehensive underwater inspection, assessment of pilings, river bed bathymetric survey, profiling and echo metric test on the Bridge…to save the bridge from extensive deteriorating condition.”
The contract was awarded to Messrs ICECON Nigeria Limited and the project duration is two months.
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This article was first published on 29th August 2013 and updated on August 30th, 2013 at 6:36 pm