Lagos to rebuild Ilasa pedestrian bridge – Nigerian Tribune

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Ilasamaja Pedestrian Bridge

Ilasamaja Pedestrian Bridge

The falling pedestrian bridge located at Ilasamaja, on  Apapa-Osodi Expressway, is to be replaced as Lagos State government has awarded the contract to Messrs PW Nig. Ltd.

The bridge, which has been a subject of many public complaints, according to the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, will be pulled down to make way for a new one.

The commissioner said that the process of replacement had commenced with the completion of the sub soil investigation, adding that the bridge had earlier been blocked off to avert any mishap.

Hamzat said that the state government had sought and obtained the consent of Federal authority so as to proactively replace the bridge that had at an earlier time, been rehabilitated.

According to him, much of the construction work would be done indoor but not at the site due to changes in the method of construction as he assured the public that the work would be completed within the stipulated period of four months.

Explaining challenges relating to construction with bridge components, especially in Adisa Ajibulu Street and the Isheri Osun –Jakande projects, Dr Hamzat said the need to put several piles in place and the nature of the terrain caused the delays.

He stated that the road component could not be awarded without the completion of the bridge, adding that the state government usually phased its projects to ensure proper funding and adequate time frame for each of the projects.

The commissioner also disclosed that with the completion of the Isopakodowo market Oshodi, the beneficiaries would soon occupy the shops with adequate mortgage facility to enable them repay the cost of purchase over a period of 15-20 years.

According to him, adequate provision is being made to ensure that intending owners will be provided title documents that will ensure that the property are bankable and can be used as collaterals for transactions.

He further added that the essence was to attract business to the area and change the face of Oshodi to the mega city standard. He emphasised that the modern market was fully funded by the state government and would be managed and maintained by a facility manager in order to sustain it.

Explaining the rationale behind the construction of the Multi- Agency Complex, at the old public car park, Alausa, Dr Hamzat said that the proposed 3-block complex will end the era of government agencies renting office spaces all over the State.

The commissioner explained that the project, located on a 24,700m2 land, will house one eight-floor block and two adjoining blocks of five-floor with pedestrian inter-links and two level parking area that can accommodate 600 vehicles.


In : Lagos

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