A sum of N18.874 billion has been approved by the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday for repairing of Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos State.
Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works, Power and Housing, disclosed this while briefing newsmen after the FEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
The minister said the contract was awarded to an Italian construction firm, Borini Prono, which constructed the bridge.
He said 33 piles of the bridge would be replaced in the first phase of the project with a total of 177 piles to be strenghtened.
Fashola added that the contract would also assess the expansion joints of the bridge and replace the worn-out ones.
He said the contract, with a 27-month completion period, was captured as 'Bridge Renovation and Repair Contracts' in the yet-to-be-passed 2018 Appropriation Bill.
The minister said though the immediate past administration conceived the award of the contract in 2011, it never made budgetary allocation for it.