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Avoid Lagos Island if you can, says LASTMA on closure of third mainland bridge

Pic 2. Vehicular Traffic reduces at Iyana Oworo Area as a result of closure of 3rd Mainland Bridge for temporary maintenance in Lagos on Friday (24/8/18) 04583/24/8/2018/Okoya Olatunde/ICE/NAN

Olawale Musa, general manager of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), has advised motorists without urgent need to move in and out of the Island to avoid the alternative routes in view of the closure of the third mainland bridge.

Mamud Hassan, spokesman of LASTMA, quoted Musa as saying this while addressing his men on the measures taken to ease traffic during the four-day closure of the bridge.

The bridge connects the mainland part of the city to the Island.

The Lagos state government had announced that the bridge would be shut down from August 23 to August 26 for investigative maintenance test to be carried out.

Musa said the agency was aware of the volume of traffic on the bridge on hourly and daily basis and the consequences of diverting such huge traffic on the alternative routes during the period.

“As a professional agency with requisite personnel and experience, I want to assure Lagosians that we would do everything to make sure that motorists and commuters are not subjected to any discomfort during the exercise.

“Our traffic officers have been adequately mandated to make sacrifices, demonstrate discipline and professionalism on all the alternative routes during the period of the closure of the third mainland bridge.”

Musa urged motorists and commuters to be patient and cooperative to ensure free flow of traffic on all alternative routes during the closure.

“Already, we have mobilized six hundred and fifty (650) personnel with enough materials and other logistics to ensure free flow of traffic around the period. What we want from the public is strict adherence to traffic rules.”