Wednesday , June 19 2024

Tanker explosion: Lagos shuts Airport Bridge, diverts traffic

The scene of the tanker explosion during the emergency management operation

Unsure of the structural integrity of the bridge following the recent tanker explosion along Apapa Oshodi Expressway, the Lagos State government has announced the temporary closure of the airport bridge to vehicular traffic movement to enable it to conduct structural engineering tests on the bridge.

The government said that the explosion which affected road infrastructure on the axis might have also affected the structural integrity of the bridge.

The affected bridge

The State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Fredrick Oladeinde, who disclosed this, however, announced alternative routes for use by motorists pending the outcome of the tests and the reopening of the bridge to traffic.

He said: “Motorists from Mile 2 to Cele on Apapa-Oshodi Expressway approaching Iyana Isolo through Daleko Bridge will need to make use of Aiye and Osolo Way to Asa Afariogun through 7&8 to access International Airport Road.

“Motorists from Toyota will make use of the service lanes by Armed Forces Resettlement Centre to BOC Gases on old NAFDAC Headquarters, through a U-turn at Cappa on Agege Motor Road to Bolade/ Oyetayo Street (Oshodi-Isolo Local Govt Secretariat) through Bolade on Apapa-Oshodi Expressway via Charity in order to reach International Airport Road.

“Motorists from Bus Terminal 2 Transport Interchange inwards Charity on Apapa -Oshodi Expressway can connect International Airport Road from Toyota through Anthony Oke to Ikorodu Road on the service lanes and return via Anthony Oke inwards Oshodi Oke to Charity and connect International Airport Road.”

The Commissioner, therefore that officials of the State Traffic Management Officials (LASTMA) would be deployed to the aforementioned corridors to control and manage traffic flow along the axis during the course of the diversions.

“The LASG is assuring the motoring public that the Airport Bridge shall be opened for use as soon as the tests or requisite intervention makes it safe and secure to do so. Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government through this statement appeals to all road users along these corridors to drive safely and patiently by following the traffic advice whilst assuring them that any inconveniences this may cause are temporary, ” he said.

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