This is sequel to report by the contractor handling the projects, Messrs Buildwell Plant & Equipment Industries Limited that the repair works on the first phase has been 100 per cent completed.
This was conveyed in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday by the Director, Press Unit, Mrs Boade Akinola.
The minister stressed that while the completed section of the Eko Bridge (Lagos Island Bound) would be reopened to traffic, work should immediately commence on the Alaka bound side of the project.
While commending Lagosians for their patience, understanding and cooperation, he said members of the public should be informed of any restrictions to traffic while work is ongoing on the second phase of the project.
On his part, the Director Highways (Bridges & Designs), Emmanuel Adeoye, said work was taking off without the need for either partial or complete closure of the bridges.
He explained that: “The 1,350-metre Eko Bridge, built in phases between 1965 and 1975, links the Lagos Island to the mainland. It was closed to traffic in March in order to replace faulty joints and bearings.
“The repair works on the Eko and Marine Bridges is part of the ongoing Federal Government’s Bridge Maintenance Programme which involves the repairs and rehabilitation of over 37 bridges nationwide.”