The Third Mainland Bridge will be closed for repair at the end of August, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said on Friday.

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The minister said that the Federal Government wanted to seize the opportunity of the sallah period when traffic would be light on the bridge.

Fashola, the immediate past governor of Lagos state, made this known at an Interactive Session with members of the public at City Hall in Lagos Island.

“The Third Mainland Bridge will be shut at the end of this month. The specific dates I will get our media people to deal with so that nobody will go and report that it is going to be shut for 27 months (laugh). We are going to shut it first for I think at least three days,” the minister said.

”Those days will be in August for inspection, just to be sure that what we saw when we were procuring has not been materially altered.

”When it is going to be shut for repairs, we will come back to let the state government and the citizens know. Between now and that period, we expect to have started construction work on Apapa-Oworonsoki road.”