The Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing has reopened the remaining stretch of Leventis Bridge in Apapa.
The outward bound stretch of the bridge was reopened on Wednesday evening , after about eight months of rehabilitation.
The Federal Government had in December 2018 reopened one of the closed bridges in the area , the Ijora /Apapa Bridge , five months after it was closed down for repairs .
The Director of Highways , South West , Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing , Mr Funsho Adebiyi, who declared it open, said it would decongest traffic into and out of Apapa.
Adebiyi said the gridlock had been a source of concern to everyone, adding , “ Hopefully , the gridlock will end today as this section will be open so we can have the two – way traffic . ”
He said that section of the bridge was shut for repairs after a fire incident caused by illegal occupants under the bridge , which he said weakened the slabs at the Leventis end .
“ Some of our citizens live under the bridge illegally and carry out a lot of commercial activities and they do sales of petroleum products and in the process , there was fire outbreak which became so severe that it affected the structural integrity of this bridge and a section started failing , ” he said .
Adebiyi said people living under the bridge should relocate as the appropriate law enforcement agencies would be contacted to enforce their evacuation .
The Federal Controller of Works , Lagos , Mr Adedamola Kuti , said residents around the area , as well as other road users , should expect a better flow of traffic .
According to him , the next project will be the repair of some of the expansion joints that are already damaged on the bridge , and which will be maintained regularly.
Kuti said the Federal Government had series of maintenance work on bridges in Lagos , adding that the Leventis Bridge was about the fourth to have been completed in the state .
“ We have completed works on the Marine Beach Bridge , Coconut Bridge expansion works ; Ijora /SevenUp Bridge ; and now we have done the Leventis Bridge .
Work is ongoing on Alaka Bridge in Surulere and on Third Mainland Bridge . Repair works are ongoing on several roads in Lagos , such as the Lagos -Ibadan ; Lagos – Ota- Abeokuta ; and Ikorodu – Sagamu , ” he said