The Federal Government has revealed that the rehabilitation work on the damaged section of the Lagos Airport Flyover has been completed and would be reopened to traffic later this month.
The repair work on the Airport flyover bridge at Toyota on the Oshodi-Isolo axis is to restore the portion of the bridge that was affected by the inferno that occurred in January 2021, on the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, due to a petrol tanker explosion.
According to NAN, this disclosure was made by the Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Mr Olukayode Popoola, who said that the contractor, Phylo Nigeria Ltd., has completed rehabilitation work but Hi-Tech needs to do concrete pavement to link the bridge.
Hi-Tech is the sub-contractor to Dangote Group handling the ongoing Apapa-Oshodi-Ojota-Oworonshoki Expressway rehabilitation/reconstruction project which links the Airport Bridge.
What the Federal Controller of Works is saying
Popoola said, “The contractor has completed the work, it is just the approach to that Airport Bridge now which Hi-Tech will do the concrete work on. We could have opened it, but right in front of Ladipo Hi-Tech needs to go and do the pavement. I spoke with them this morning, they will soon go and do it.
“As for the burnt Airport Bridge, the contractor has already completed the work. When we do concrete work we give it maximum of 18 days to solidify before we open the road to the public. So, before the end of this month, the bridge will be opened.’’
What you should know
Recall that earlier in August 2021, the Lagos State Government announced the diversion of traffic on Apapa-Oshodi Expressway for repair work on the Airport Flyover Bridge by the Federal Ministry of Works from August 9 to October 3, 2021.
The structure of the airport flyover bridge at Toyota on the Oshodi-Isolo axis was affected by the inferno that occurred in January 2021, on the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, due to a petrol tanker explosion.
The government said the initial closure of the bridge to vehicular movement was to enable the government to conduct structural engineering tests on the bridge adding that alternative routes were created for motorists pending the outcome of the tests and the reopening of the bridge to traffic.
The Lagos State Government had in October announced the extension of the traffic diversion period on the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway from the initially scheduled completion date of October 3, 2021, to October 30, 2021, as the Federal Ministry of Works continued repair works on the Airport Flyover Bridge.