Lagos State government in Nigeria has revealed plans to construct the fourth Mainland Bridge. The construction work is set to commence before end of this year. This is according to Adebowale Akinsanya, the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure. The revelation was made known to public during a press briefing marking the third anniversary of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode by the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure.
Almost 30 years after the delivery of the 3rd Mainland Bridge; the State has experienced phenomenal growth to become a megalopolis such that the 38km Mainland Bridge and expressway will become the longest bridge and expressway when completed. Additionally, the Bridge will decongest Lagos State traffic and serve as an alternative route to the Eastern axis.
Operation of the 4th Mainland Bridge will be the insertion of a bypass; a bridge in Lagos State. On completion the bridge will connect people and improve their natural flow in large numbers through a reorganization of vehicular, waterways, and pedestrian modes of transportation.
The bridge construction will have two levels which will not only function as a means for vehicular traffic on its upper level, it will also stimulate and accommodate pedestrian, social, commercial and cultural interactions on it’s lower level. Additionally, in conjunction with existing road networks, the Fourth Mainland Bridge will establish a primary ring road around Lagos. The ring road is expected to provide alternative traffic routes from Lekki to Ikorodu, Ikeja to Ajah, relieving the 3rd Mainland bridge of its overstretched capacity.
With the improved flow of people across Lagos, the city will be relieved of traffic congestion, and rather maximize its great opportunities and grow better.