Rain stalls ongoing Kara Bridge structural integrity test

The Deputy Director Highways, Federal Ministry of Works, Lagos, Mr. Kayode Ibrahim, has said that the heavy Sunday morning rain has stalled the completion of the ongoing structural integrity test on Kara Bridge on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Ibrahim, representing the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr. Olukayode Popoola, revealed that the rain forced workers to stop work.

“The rain did not allow us to work. It is raining profusely here and we had to suspend action; hopefully, we would have a clear weather tomorrow.

“We have already carried out some tests and the results so far have been positive. The bridge is still intact. The test done so far did not indicate that the fire affected the bridge. It is just the surface.

“We will finalise tomorrow because the rain did not allow us to conclude. The tests done so far show that the bridge is still very much intact,’’ he said.

Ibrahim said that the structural integrity test was more than 50 per cent done and with the clemency of the weather it would be completed on Monday.

He commended the traffic regulatory agencies that had been on ground to manage the construction zone for the speed achieved so far.

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Popoola had in a statement on Friday announced a traffic restriction on the highway for tests to happen on Saturday and Sunday.

The structural integrity of the Kara Bridge came under scrutiny after an inferno from two tankers carrying petrol collided on the bridge inward Lagos on June 21.

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