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Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos shut down for maintenance

The Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos, Nigeria’s busiest bridge is closed to traffic for third time in its 40-year history in order to repair cracks and structural damage.

The Third Mainland Bridge links Lagos Island to the shores of the capital, a city of nearly 20 million people. Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Idris looks at the ageing bridge and the disruption that will follow the shutdown.

Commuting in Lagos is a nightmare as travelling by road is usually the only option for its dwellers.  A Metro system has been long in the planning, swallowed a lot of money and not yet operational after over 30 years.

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