Third Mainland Bridge closure: LASTMA, NURTW to manage traffic

In what seems a marriage of convenience, the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) is to collaborate with the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Lagos State Council, to manage traffic in the State movement during the closure of Third Mainland Bridge.

The Third Mainland Bridge, Africa’s longest cross-water bridge is to undergo repairs expected to last six months from the 24th of this month to about the same time in January next year.

The project will be handled by the Federal Ministry of Works.

In a statement released today and signed by Mr. Olumide Filade, Asst. Director, Public Affairs, General Manager of LASTMA, Mr. Olajide Oduyoye affirmed that LASTMA and NURTW had pledged to collaborate in traffic management during the closure to make life a lot easier for motorists and commuters in the megacity.

Oduyoye stressed that the collaboration would help ease traffic movement on all the alternative routes from the Mainland to the Island and vice versa for the period of the partial closure for repair of the ever-busy bridge.

“This position was reached at a meeting held between the management of LASTMA and NURTW leadership as part of the strategy to be adopted to ameliorate the expected increase in traffic at the alternative corridors, Oduyoye said. “These include Yaba-Oyingbo-Iddo-Carter Bridge-Idumota and the Funso Williams-Bode Thomas-Eric Moore-Iganmu Bridge-Costain-Eko Bridge-Apongbon or Costain-Oyingbo-Iddo-Carter Bridge-Idumota Routes.”

“It is the resolve of LASTMA to enforce the law on any recalcitrant motorist who refuses to abide by the Lagos State traffic law,” he warned.

According to the LASTMA boss, the THEMES agenda of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s Administration in Lagos with the ‘T’ for ‘Traffic Management and Transportation’, showed the importance attached to this in making Lagos a 21st-Century economy.

He said that the successes of previous collaboration in controlling yellow buses menace on Ikorodu Road and the easing of traffic congestion around the Ajegunle-Mile 12 -Ketu stretch, necessitated the partnership.

According to him, there is the need for further cooperation on the alternative routes following the proposed partial closure of the bridge to forestall unnecessary gridlock in the State.

Oduyoye, who acknowledged the good works of the NURTW’s leadership on the Ikorodu Road, requested the extension of same to the alternative routes while the repair work lasts on the bridge.

The general manager urged private car owners and drivers to also abide by the traffic rules and regulations in order to make life easier for every road user in Lagos during the period.

The Vice Chairman, NURTW Lagos Council, Mr. Shittu Ganiyu, who led the team assured LASTMA that the union would ensure the bus drivers comply with the traffic rules and regulations.

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