The much anticipated “Investigation Maintenance Tests” on the Third Mainland Bridge commenced on Friday with engineers at work.
Radio Nigeria reports that traffic was generally light on some alternative routes.
Commuters from Ikorodu – Maryland down to Jibowu, link in Ojuelegba to the Carter Bridge witnessed light traffic.
Traffic was also light from Oshodi to link Mile-Two and Orile.
Other alternative routes from Oshodi – Mushin to link Funsho Williams Avenue and Yaba to Oyingbo, however, witnessed heavy traffic.
Some commuters said they spent close to three hours from Ketu-Ikosi through Toll Gate down to Surulere, CMS to Obalende due to the traffic.
They also complained about high transport fares as transporters charged #500 from #150 previously, while many commuters resorted to trekking.
Traffic officials including the Federal Road Safety Corps, the Police and LASTMA, were seen at strategic points to ensure a free flow of traffic.
However, heavy-duty vehicles are still parked on some of the major roads such as the Mile-Two end, the Funsho Williams Avenue inwards the Eko and Carter Bridges as well as the Apapa-Ijora Bridge, as the situation also contributed to the gridlock.
Meanwhile, some Lagos residents, especially those who live on the riverine areas said the situation afforded them the opportunity to consider water transportation as an alternative.