The Federal Ministry of Works, on Tuesday, said three kilometres of asphalt had been removed from the ‘long bridge’ on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Mr Kayode Ibrahim, the ministry’s engineer in charge of the reconstruction and rehabilitation of section one of the expressway project, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Ibrahim, who is the engineer representative on the project, said Julius Berger had completed three kilometres of work on the Lagos-bound carriageway of the bridge.
He said repairs on the damaged expansion joints were also ongoing.
Ibrahim said that Julius Berger has “fully re-mobilised back to site, to begin massive rehabilitation work on the expressway”.
“Julius Berger has moved new equipment and personnel to site, to speed up the work and they also now have a new asphalt plant at Ogere, in Ogun State.
“Massive earth works is currently ongoing in some portions of section one and work is also ongoing on the long bridge.
“We have done over three kilometres of milling on the Long Bridge on the Lagos-bound carriageway.
“We are also replacing bad expansion joints on the bridge and it is not a job that can be done in a hurry.
“We are removing the bad expansion joints put in there between 1973 and 1975,” he said.
Ibrahim explained that some dangerous diversions which could cause accidents had been closed on the Lagos-bound carriageway, in line with advice from the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC).
He said that the FRSC was currently on ground on the highway, working with the construction firm, to ensure there were no obstructions on the road.
“We are creating new diversions on the long bridge on the Lagos bound carriageway, to ease gridlock.