By Grace Alegba
After 11 years of disuse, the repair work on the Apapa Marine Beach Bridge in Lagos has been completed and the bridge is now ready for use.
The Marine Beach Bridge was damaged by fire about 11 years ago but contract for repair of the bridge was awarded in 2012.
However, due to paucity of funds, the contractor abandoned site.
A portion of the bridge caved in exposing iron roads raising fears of collapse.
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, inspected the bridge and re-award contract for its repair.
The Marine Beach Bridge was captured in the 2017 budget and the contractor moved to site in March 5, 2017 resulting in partial closure of the bridge for repairs.
The project contractor and the supervising engineer confirmed the completion of work in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Mr Ghassan Kaadi of Buildwell Plants and Equipment Industries Ltd, the project contractor, said on Sunday that the construction materials and equipment have been moved out of the project yard under the bridge in Apapa.
“We completed work on the bridge and opened it to traffic in November and we moved out off site first week of December, 2017.
“The portion we worked on is very good and strong.
“The Marine Beach Bridge is now stable and safe for use. The Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing (FMPWH) is coming next week to inspect the bridge,’’ Kaadi said.
Also, Mrs Bola Suleiman, FMPWH engineer supervising the project, had also told NAN that the work on the bridge has been completed.
Suleiman added that “the contractor has demobilised from site’’ after completing the project.
He gave the assurance that the bridge was safe and strong for use. (NAN)