From the beginning of this week, residents of Lagos, Nigeria’s economic powerhouse and arguably the most populated city in the country, will be dealing with the reality of the six months partial closure of the Third Mainland Bridge for scheduled critical maintenance.
The 11.8km bridge, which conveys 132,702 vehicles per day, is as vital as the neck is to the human body. It connects the head with the rest of the body. Lagos being a mega-city bodied into islands and the mainland, the bridge is the most extended connection between these delicate geographical and economic divides.
It is a partial closure that has been deployed before for the same purpose. However, this time, it coincides with the ongoing renovation of the Eko Bridge, a supporting link between the mainland and the island. With Lagos traffic known to grind to a halt during rush hours, even when these critical infrastructures are in optimum use, it is no wonder residents, and visitors are apprehensive. It also comes at a time the economy is gradually reopening after almost three-month hibernation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As your reliable partner in happiness, we have some tips on how to navigate these six months of traffic ‘entanglement’.
Plan your movement
The partial daily closure of the bridge will be scheduled to allow traffic flow on one lane at a time, so there will still be controlled movement that would result in protracted delays.
If you have any reason to drive through the bridge, especially if you have to embark on air travel, give over two hours of delayed travelled time and if possible, leave home at the break of the dawn to beat the traffic snare. Where possible, strengthen your work-from-home capabilities and use virtual meeting tools for meetings. There are interactive screens that allow virtual meetings to be immersive, collaborative, and productive.