The Federal Government has announced that the closure of the Third Mainland Bridge will commence on Friday at midnight and will not be reopened until January 2021.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this at a briefing in Abuja on Tuesday, calling on motorists in Lagos to exercise patience with the repairs.
Mr Fashola stressed that the maintenance of the busiest bridge in the country was aimed at replacing damaged components for a better motoring experience.
The maintenance is to be carried out on a length of 3.5 kilometres out of the 11.8 kilometres of the bridge.
Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, says the repair work will cause temporary hardship to motorists and commuters but it will pay off in the long run.
The planned duration of the closure and the importance of the bridge to activities in Lagos which has battled traffic for years has led to concerns.
Mr Fashola acknowledged that the closure will lead to hardship in the short term but explained that there was no other way to carry out the maintenance work without closing the bridge.
He added that it was better to bear six months of work and closure than to allow the bridge to collapse, a development that would take years to fix.