The Federal Government says it is either constructing or rehabilitating 37 bridges across the country including the Third Mainland Bridge.
Mr Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works and Housing, disclosed this at a news conference to update citizens on the Third Mainland Bridge rehabilitation.
According to him, many of the bridges are being worked on under the deck even while people drive along.
He said: “Currently, we have intervened on 37 bridges across Nigeria doing repair and maintenance work.
“Because Lagos was a former federal capital and a coastal and aquatic state where you have so many islands, it has by far some of the largest bridges in the country.
“Some of the bridges are the Ojuelagba bridge, the independence bridge, and the Falomo bridge.
“At this moment work is going on in the marine bridge linked to Apapa. Also, work has started on the Eko bridge and will also start on the Obalende bridge, which was damaged by fire caused by a tanker that exploded sometimes ago.”
He added that the government will take a condition assessment of Kara bridge, which fire from a tanker damaged.
Fashola said the bridges so far worked on also include the Tatabu bridge in Niger state, Tanbowawa bridge in Kano. Furthermore, the old river Niger bridge linking Onitsha and Asaba was included.
Others are the Isaac Boro Bridge in Port Harcourt, Etuok bridge linking Benin and Sapele. Also, included are Katsina Ana bridge in Benue, Ajaokuta bridge and Muritala Muhammed bridge in Kotokafe, Kogi .
“After this is done we hope to have better driving experience on the bridges. We must thank Mr. President for his commitment to the maintenance of public infrastructure,’’ he said.
Mr Emmanuel Adeoye, Director of Bridges in the ministry, urged citizens to be more patient with the rehabilitation process.