Minister of Works, David Umahi, accompanied by the Deputy Governor of Lagos, Obafemi Hamzat, during the flag-off, said ongoing emergency rehabilitation of the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos State would gulp over 21.074 billion naira.
He said the sum was as a result of an expansion of the scope of work to include complete replacement of the asphalt of the bridge deck to the standard two inches to make motoring smoother and safer on the bridge.
He said previous efforts to fix the bridge did not address all the concerns for total restoration of the integrity of the bridge, hence the need to expand the scope of the repairs.
He added that a special feature agreed with the Lagos State government was to fix spikes on the guard railings to discourage suicide attempts on the bridge.
On his part, Hamzat thanked President Bola Tinubu for giving attention to the maintenance of Third Mainland bridge and others in the state.