Progress is been made towards the full completion of the repairs of the Third Mainland bridge.
The update centers on the blasting of the second expansion unit to remove the old joints. In the photos, the hydro-demolition robot can be seen blasting the joints with water in order to prevent mini cracks and for the easy placement of new joints.
It should be recalled that the Federal Government Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr Olukayode Popoola, on Thursday appealed for the patience of road users as the Third Mainland Bridge repairs progressed.
Popoola said this while inspecting the site that asphalt surrounding the expansion joints within the 3.5 kilometers where the contractor was working had been removed.
He said that this was to pave way for the removal of the worn-out expansion joints.
The controller said that eight expansion joints were already being replaced on the alignment between the Adeniji Adele and Ebute-Metta.
“Third Mainland Bridge repair works progressing and so far the contractor has been able to cut the asphalt holding the six expansion joints on this Oworonshoki lane.
“We are changing 12 expansion joints on the Third Mainland Bridge. That is six on Oworonshoki lane where we are working now and six on the Lagos Island Bound Carriageway after we complete work here.
“Then we are changing two expansion joints on the Adeniji Ramp, bringing the total to 14. The work is progressing steadily. Removing the asphalt involves using machines so that they do not fall into the lagoon,’’ he said.
The controller said that the bearings of the bridge would be changed upon completion of the replacement of the expansion joints.
“The bearings are under, that is, where the bridge deck is resting,’’ he said.