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Easter Panic on Third Mainland Bridge

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Nigeria News takes a look at the viral picture of expansion joint on Third Mainland Bridge and the panic it caused during the Easter Break.

Lagosmotorists refused to ply the Third Mainland Bridge during the Easter break dueto a faulty expansion joint.

A picture ofthe expansion joint went viral on social media platform at the weekend, sendingpanic across the metropolis as residents prepared for the Easter celebration.

Lagosianslove life and so they will always run away from trouble. For three days lastyear, the Third Mainland Bridge was closed. The company that would repair thebridge carried out a preliminary test to commence the actual work this year,according to the Ministry of Works.

However, after the picture of the expansion joint went viral, picnickers changed their directions. Those who had planned to visit the beaches on the Victoria Island stayed back on the mainland.

The Third Mainland Bridge is one of the busiest roads in Lagos but on Saturday and Sunday, the place was deserted by motorists. Only a few vehicles plied the bridge.

Truth be told, the current federal administration has been proactive when it comes to fixing bad roads in Lagos. This is the second time the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) will be directing contractors to the Third Mainland Bridge to carry out repair work in the last four years and I think this is good. Between Adeniji Adele and Eko Bridge, there is ongoing repair work. The contractors are always at the site, causing traffic gridlock towards Onikan and Ahmadu Bello Way on Victoria Island.

While it isgood to be informed about things around us, Lagos residents are expected toalways double check their facts, especially when it comes from social mediaplatform.

Social media taunts thrive in a festive season when visitors come around on holidays. In swift reaction, Fashola quickly released a statement discrediting the story.

He said thata pre-test had been carried out on the repair of Third Mainland Bridge and thatthe picture of the expansion joint being circulated by a social media platformwas among the faults already observed by the contractor.

According toFashola, the picture in the public domain is one of the social media taunts,which has not affected the safety of the bridge.

The ministerurged the motorists to disregard the news, adding that the fault could notcause any accident on the bridge. Earlier, motorists who plied the road came ontwitter and facebook that the bridge was shaking and could fall.

But theminister said allayed such fear, adding that the bridge was made to swing andthat it was a normal structural engineering feature for the bridge to swing.

The bridgeis a major link between the mainland and Island but has served some other badpurposes in the past and recent present. Many persons had ended their lives inthe lagoon. They jumped from the bridge into the sea.

That is whyany news on the bridge will easily fly and send panic to motorists and Lagosresidents.

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