Written by David Ugbabe
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has revealed that the ongoing construction on the Second Niger Bridge would be completed next year noting that the constructors are at the final stage.
Mr Fasola made the statement while at a forum of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday, to mark the sixth-year anniversary of the present administration. He explained that most of the bridge works were done underwater which have been completed. “So, what you see currently is the final work. The sub-structure which entailed building cement structures underwater often costs a lot of money,” he said. He also noted that much time was lost due the covid-19 pandemic but hoped that construction would be completed next year.
Speaking on the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos which was reopened on February 28 after undergoing rehabilitation in 2019, the Minister said the “We have finished the superstructure work that is the pavement that you drive on, we have changed the bearings and the expansion joints and we are now working on the substructure. “We have finished the superstructure work that is the pavement that you drive on, we have changed the bearings and the expansion joints and we are now working on the substructure.
“Work is still going on under the bridge even though people are now driving and thinking we have finished.
“We have finished the top, people can move; we don’t need to close the bridge.
Some of the concrete has been damaged; some of the reinforcement, the steel is showing some of the places where water splashes there is erosion so we are working there now.
“We are going to be there for many months to ensure we preserve the life of that infrastructure because we can’t afford to build a new one,’’ Fashola said.