The Ijora-Olopa Bridge has been immediately closed by the Federal Government after a major section of the bridge collapsed due to the theft of a reinforcement element by miscreants in the area.
The failed section has been identified as Ijora-Olopa inward Ijora-Oloye-Apapa. This closure comes after a portion of one of the major access bridges leading to the Apapa Port, the Ijora Bridge, caved in, causing traffic gridlock and officials of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority barricading the failed section.
Roads leading directly to the bridge will also be closed to traffic immediately.
The closure of the Ijora-Olopa Bridge has caused significant disruptions to commuters and businesses in the area. The bridge is a major link between Lagos Island and the Apapa Port, which is one of the busiest ports in West Africa. The closure has led to increased traffic congestion on alternative routes, causing delays and frustration for motorists.
The Federal Government has announced plans to commence emergency repairs on the bridge to restore it to full functionality as soon as possible. However, no timeline has been given for the completion of the repairs, leaving many commuters uncertain about when normal traffic flow will resume.
This incident highlights the urgent need for improved security measures in the area to prevent further theft and vandalism of critical infrastructure. It also underscores the importance of regular maintenance and inspection of bridges and other public infrastructure to prevent failures and ensure public safety.
Meantime, commuters and businesses are advised to plan their journeys carefully and consider alternative routes where possible. The Lagos State Government has urged motorists to cooperate with traffic officials and obey all road signs and instructions to ensure a smooth flow of traffic during this period of disruption.