The Lagos State Government has unveiled plans to shut both Dopemu and Iyana-Ipaja bridges, which it said, would be closed for public use in order carry out maintenance works on the bridges.
The state government, consequently, disclosed that the Dopemu Bridge would be closed for ten days from March 15 to March 24 while the Iyana-Ipaja would be shut from March 25 to April 5.
This contained in a statement by the state's Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Kayode Opeifa, noting that a Chinese construction firm, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) would commence the maintenance of both the bridges from Saturday, March 15 to Saturday, April 5.
According to the statement, the contractor would commence work at the Dopemu Bridge for the first ten days from March 15 and thereafter move to the Iyana Ipaja Bridge from March 25 to April 5.
The statement, therefore, vehicles approaching Dopemu Bridge from Ile- Zik inward Iyana Ipaja "can make a u-turn back to Dopemu Bridge via the opened median along the Lagos - Abeokuta Expressway or take a left turn into Alimosho road and use the following link roads back to Akowonjo or Iyana Ipaja road.
"The link roads are: Irepodun Street, Alaguntan, Vincent Street, Akiwowo road and Cash Street, all off Alimosho road. Similarly, vehicles coming from Orile Agege and environs approaching Dopemu Bridge will take a right turn through Surulere road to link Lagos Abeokuta Expressway and make use of the opened median Barrier into the earlier mentioned link roads.
"In addition, vehicles from Akowonjo, Shasha going into Agege will go through Lagos Abeokuta Expressway and turn at Ile Zik back to Agege. Upon the completion of the maintenance work at Dopemu Bridge, the contractor would commence work at the Iyana Bridge, which is also expected to be completed within Ten (10 days)."
The statement added that vehicles coming from Dopemu along Lagos- Abeokuta Expressway inward Iyana Bus stop and proposing to use the Iyana- Ipaja Bridge, would either make a u-turn back "to Iyana-Ipaja Bridge or a left turn into Abule Oki Street at the proposed median barrier opening along Lagos - Abeokuta Expressway, go through Chief Adebayo Street back to Iyana Ipaja Roundabout.
"Also vehicles coming from Iyana Ipaja road will also use the Abule Oki Street and navigate through Chief Adebayo Street back to Iyana Ipaja Roundabout, while vehicles coming from Iyana Ipaja road going into Iyana Ipaja road going into Ipaja road will have to go through Dopemu Bridge.
"As a result, traffic re-routing would be carried out around these corridors to facilitate seamless flow of traffic. This notice serves as awareness information on the bridge closure. Motorists and other road users are therefore advised to use alternative routes provided to avoid delays," the statement explained.
The state government appealed for caution and co-operation from all road users to obey all traffic regulations and ensure traffic flow during the period of closure, noting that while regretting any inconveniences, it had directed all relevant agencies to ensure free flow of traffic.