FEDERAL Ministry of Power, Works and Housing has said that the 3rd Mainland Bridge in Lagos is safe to use.
The safety of the bridge was called to question in a Facebook video that went viral over the weekend which alleged that the expansion joint of the bridge may cave in.
Reacting to the video in a statement, the office of the Adviser on Communication in the ministry said the expansion joint showed in the video was one of those slated for change during repairs to the Third Mainland Bridge which would commence soon.
According to the statement, the joint was still functioning and its engineers and consultants have advised that it does not pose any structural danger to the bridge and it was safe to use.
The ministry stated that the expansion joints to be replaced were part of a regular bridge maintenance programme that had been neglected for decades which the President Muhammadu Buhari administration was now addressing frontally on many bridges nationwide.
Such maintenance works include: resurfacing of the bridge, along with several others.
The ministry, reiterated that the Third Mainland Bridge was safe for use, and people should desist from spreading or sharing false information about the bridge on Social Media platforms.
The statement explained that Third Mainland Bridge was shut down for a 3-day Investigative Maintenance in August 2018, adding that tests done on the expansion joints then – called static and dynamic load tests – were to check functionality. A number of expansion joints were identified for replacement then.