The Lagos State Government has temporarily closed the Alapere Pedestrian Bridge, which suffered damage from an articulated vehicle. The swift intervention was prompted by a viral video revealing cracks on different bridge sections.
Mr. Shina Odunuga, the Lagos State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure Spokesman confirmed the bridge’s longstanding safety and utility over the past 15 years until the unfortunate incident.
Following a joint inspection by government officials, led by Mr. Olufemi Daramola, the Permanent Secretary, Office of Infrastructure, the decision to temporarily close the bridge was taken to ensure public safety. Immediate repairs are underway after conducting thorough tests.
The incident highlights similar occurrences at other bridges, impacting public infrastructure negatively due to the recklessness of road transporters who fail to adhere to international best practices while driving articulated vehicles.
Given the state government’s limited resources, being the third bridge damaged within a short period, the Alapere Pedestrian Bridge poses challenges to infrastructural growth. Investigations indicate that prompt management can facilitate ongoing remedial works to ensure a timely reopening.
To mitigate future risks, the government commits to continuous civic engagement by informing the public of the bridge’s status and exploring viable safety measures, including advanced sensor technology installation.
Commuters and the general public are urged to strictly adhere to traffic regulations and guidelines to ensure road safety.