The Federal Ministry of Works on Wednesday shut down the Apapa-bound lane of the beginning of Marine Bridge in Lagos, due to damage caused by vandals.
The Assistant Director in charge of Federal Highways in Lagos State, Mrs Olukorede Keisha, upon arrival and re-evaluation of the infrastructure, ordered the total shutdown of the portion.
She said the investigation revealed that the vandals had set a fire underneath the bridge to gain access to iron rods and other steel components under the bridge, thereby weakening it, and resulting in a cave-in. She added that a thorough assessment revealed an urgent need to close the bridge to avert risk to motorists and other road users.
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A News Agency of Nigeria correspondent who visited the site of the collapsed portion of the bridge reports that a team of engineers used crash barriers to barricade the damaged portion of the deck on the bridge.
A team of police officers was on hand to assist a combined team of traffic management agencies with traffic management.