Lagos bridges under threat of collapse – Report

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Some bridges in Lagos are in danger of giving way, the immediate past President of Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers, NIStructE, Oreoluwa Fadayomi has observed.

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Fadayomi, a Structural Engineer, made this submission in an interview with Guardian in which he blamed heavy-duty trucks parked under the bridges for the looming collapse.

 “When these vehicles are stationary on the bridges for a long time, they have negative impacts. These include deterioration, bridge-fatigue, damage or even collapse. Moreover, there is no money anywhere now to build these kinds of solid structures again. Bridges are made so that vehicles keep moving.

“There is also the risk of a fire. If any of the articulated vehicles catch fire, there would be a chain reaction, which can cause severe damage to the bridge. We are sitting on a keg of gunpowder because the bridges are weakening daily, as tankers, trucks and articulated vehicles park on them due to traffic congestion,” he told the paper.

According to the publication, Ijora, Eko, Abati Barracks, Ojuelegba, Stadium, Carter, and Jibowu Bridges are among those under great strains from immobile articulated vehicles, adding that recently its correspondent counted 85 articulated vehicles conveying containers of various sizes parked between the Ijora and Bridges.

It said the loads on these bridges were not originally designed to host heavy static vehicles, and a lack of consistent and thorough maintenance could spell tragedy.

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