Sequel to insinuations that the 3rd Mainland Bridge would soon collapse, the Federal Government has rebuffed the statement, saying that it is committed to taking proactive steps in line with its mandate to ensure that the bridge is kept in an acceptable service condition.
The Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen when he granted an interview in his Mabuchi office, disclosed this. The Minister stated that the speculations were based on mere perception, as there was no civil engineering test to justify the statement, adding that the ministry was progressing in ensuring routine maintenance. He also stated that the defect on the eight expansion joints of the bridge were repaired and replaced last year.
Onolememen noted that though serious steel casing corrosion was noticeable, he pointed out that the steel casing had no structural function regarding the pile bearing capacity, as they served only as form works to the piles. He further advised the general public to ignore the threat as the Third Mainland Bridge was not in any way defective; he assured that he drove on the bridge twice last week on different days, asking Lagosians to continue using the bridge.
When asked on the origination of the story, the Minister said the report being quoted originated from the ministry, which was for under water inspection. He maintained that the structural integrity of the bridge was not in any doubt, as further tests by reputable engineering companies had confirmed the adequacy of pile concrete quality, adding that based on their advice, the ministry is ensuring continuous routine maintenance works.