Mr Olukayode Popoola, who is the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, on Wednesday declared that the ongoing reconstruction of the Eko Bridge connecting Alaka is almost at final stage and will be ready for use in October.

Mr Olukayode revealed this the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on his inspection to the bridge in Lagos on Wednesday that the fresh beams had obtained from abroad and had been short changed along with the expansion joints.

Mr Olukayode said that the bridge will be completed for use on or before October end.

He said in his statement that, “We have removed the damaged expansion joint on Eko Bridge; we have also removed the bearings and replaced the damaged bearings with new ones.

“It was the bearings that failed initially and that is why we have the piers that are being worked on. Now, we have put the new bearings and we want to complete the concrete works on the piers.

“Then we will go on top of the bridge and replace the expansion joint before we open it to traffic.

“Before the end of October, we are going to open this section of Eko Bridge (linking Alaka) to traffic.

“The construction materials we were expecting from Europe have arrived, that is why we are fixing them at this point.

“The bearing has already been fixed there (pointing); what is on top this iron is the jack that we used in lifting the deck of the bridge up, then we now put the bearings on top of the piers.

“That bearing is like the pad that is carrying the load."

He added that the fresh direction would be enclosed with concrete, guarantee that the bridge would be ready and resume to traffic before October end.

Meanwhile Federal Government had on March 10 lockdown the Alaka Bridge connecting Eko Bridge in Lagos for emergency repairs.


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