Following the recent fire incident which occurred on the Kara Bridge on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway , the Federal Government today said it is imperative to perform integrity test on the bridge, thereby partially shutting it down.
The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr Kayode Popoola, said that the integrity test was to ensure the stability of the bridge for safe commuting .
The contractor, Julius Berger was scheduled to remove wreckage yesterday, and the bridge would be partially closed with traffic diverted for work to begin today.
Appealing to motorists for understanding and cooperation, the controller explained that traffic would be diverted to two lanes, instead of the original three on the highway.
“Kara Bridge got burnt and we have to carry out integrity test. The test will be done by Julius Berger Nigeria Ltd,” he said.
“Hopefully, they will remove the wreckage today and then we put the barriers there, then the work will start tomorrow (today). There is going to be partial closure of one lane in the sense that instead of three lanes, traffic will now be restricted to only two lanes, that is, the Ibadan-bound lane. The work will be done on Saturday and Sunday; they would finish hopefully on Sunday. We advise motorists to please slow down and allow us to work so that avoidable accidents can be avoided,” Popoola said.
Recall, a fire incident occurred on Kara Bridge on Sunday, when a fuel tanker crashed into another, inward Lagos.
Reported by: Fatimah Oyesanmi