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Lagos to totally close Third Mainland Bridge section for two weeks

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Lagos State Government has announced a total closure of Iyana-Oworonsoki-Lagos Island bound section of the Third Mainland Bridge for two weeks for the contractor handling the bridge repairs to fix 23 expansion joints.

It says the latest temporary changes in the traffic flow on the bridge will take effect from midnight January 15 and end midnight January 29.

According to a statement by the state Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, this is to accomplish the planned reopening of the bridge on February 22 as earlier announced.

He said the adjustment would allow for the removal, replacement and casting of 23 joints in addition to the two other joints (16 and 17) being worked on by the contractor.

The commissioner said there would be no vehicular access from Iyana Oworonsoki to Adekunle axis on the slip road/ramp down on the Third Mainland Bridge for the two-week period (midnight 15th to midnight 29th).

He said traffic from Ogudu, Alapere and Gbagada going to Adekunle axis should use Ikorodu Road, Jibowu and Yaba as alternative routes.

The statement read in part, “There shall be no access for vehicular movements from the Adekunle axis towards Iyana Oworosoki on 3rd Mainland Bridge between midnight and 1pm (15 to 29 January). All Iyana Oworonsoki bound traffic from Lagos Island, Iddo, Oyingbo, Adekunle and Yaba should use Herbert Macaulay Way, Jibowu and Ikorodu as alternative routes.

“The current crossover position on the bridge for Adekunle or Lagos Island bound traffic from Iyana Oworonsoki between midnight and noon will now be at a new closer position for two weeks.

“The current shared movement of midnight to noon for Lagos Island traffic bound from Iyana Oworosoki shall remain.

“The current 1pm to midnight Mainland (Iyana Oworonsoki) bound traffic flow from Lagos Island shall remain.

“The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) shall continue to ensure the vigorous management of traffic control and enforcement on the 3rd Mainland Bridge and all identified alternative routes to ensure an endurable and acceptable traffic movement experience for motorists during these trying periods.

“Other previous traffic flow advisory measures announced by the Lagos State Government for the partial closure of the 3rd Mainland Bridge remain the same.”

The commissioner appealed to road users along the corridor to drive patiently and follow the traffic advice.

 

 

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Niger driver kills three students, injures eight in Suleja

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Three SS1 students of the Government Secondary School Field Base Suleja, Niger State, have been killed by a vehicle that rammed into them on their way from school.
The students were trekking home on the Suleja-Kaduna road on Monday afternoon when the incident occurred.
Three of the students were killed on the spot while eight others sustained injury.
Names of the students that died were given as Abdulhafeez Musa, Kawiyat Sharafadeen and Sunday Paul.
The driver was also said to have been injured and was receiving treatment under police watch in Suleja.
Niger State Commissioner for Education, Hajiya Hannatu Salihu, described the incident as painful and tragic.
She said the students were returning from school to their parents when they met with their death in a preventable accident.
To prevent future occurrences, the commissioner stated the state government would construct speed breakers (bumps) on the roads to schools across the state.

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NADDC DG to open auto journalists capacity building workshop Thursday

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Director-General of the National Automotive Design and Development Council, Jelani Aliyu, will Thursday July 29 in Lagos declare open auto journalist training programme, which is centred around the ‘Migration to Electric Vehicles and Gas-powered Vehicles; Opportunities and Challenges for Nigeria’.
The one-day event is expected to feature technical sessions that will take the auto writers through the current global automotive industry issue of electric and gas as an alternative to petrol and diesel.
Also expected at training and capacity building programme as a guest of honour is Boboye Oyeyemi, corp marshal, Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC), according to the Nigeria Auto Journalists Association, the organisers of the event.
It listed in a statement stakeholders supporting the event as the NADDC, Toyota Nigeria Limited, Coscharis Motors, Weststar, CFAO Motors, Autochek Africa, OMAA, Jet Systems, Kojo Motors (Yutong) and the FRSC.
It stated that the one-day training programme would educate participants and indeed Nigerians on what the global shift to electric and gas as an alternative to petrol is all about and the opportunities and challenges for the country.
After the declaration of the programme open and presentations by the NADDC DG, who has been on the driver’s seat of Nigeria’s new thinking towards the use of electric and gas to move vehicles and other automobiles as a cheap alternative to fossil fuel, local auto assemblers of electric vehicles and gas-powered vehicles are expected to give technical presentations of their operations in the country.
Presentations will be made by Stallion Motors, assemblers of the Hyundai Kona electric vehicle in Lagos, OMAA Global, assemblers of the OMAA gas-powered range of buses at Igbo-Ukwu in Anambra State and Jet Systems Limited, assemblers of the JetMover range buses that runs on electric.
It would be recalled that Ford Motors South Africa (FMCSA) in collaboration with Coscharis Motors, its local franchisee, led sponsors of the first and second editions held in 2016 and 2017, while Nissan Motors South Africa (NMSA) followed the following year.

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Contractor begins 72-hour closure of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway section

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• FG dismisses three-month closure reports
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Julius Berger Nigeria Plc will today close a section of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, expected to last for 72 hours, the Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Mr OluKayode Popoola, has said.
He said the closure around the Sagamu Interchange was to enable the contractor to carry out a major construction work – laying of a beam on the flyover.
According to him, there will be diversions of traffic for period (72 hours) from Makun Sagamu overpass (bridge).
He dismissed the earlier reports that the road would be closed for three months for the construction work.
He spoke on the issue to newsmen while on an inspection of the flyover, preparatory to the placing of the beam on the bridge.
Popoola advised motorists to adhere to traffic regulations and slow down as they approached the diversion points to avoid crashes and gridlock.
He said diversion would be for 400 metres before and another 400 metres after the diversion points.
The federal controller said that the ministry was working with all the relevant traffic regulatory agencies such as road safety, police and Ogun State traffic agency to manage traffic on that route.
He assured motorists and members of the public that the Federal Government and the contractor were working so hard to complete the work on expressway by next year.

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