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4th Mainland Bridge project timeline and all the latest

3 Companies Selected For Final Contract Award Stage for  the 4th Mainland Bridge January 2022

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Lagos State government has announced that the state government has selected 3 companies for the final stage in the contract award process for the 4th Mainland Bridge and that the selection process, which will be executed under a Public-Private Partnership (PPP), will be completed by March this year.

“From a list of approximately 30 companies that expressed interest, we are now at the final stage with three shortlisted companies, and I am hoping that by March we should have completed the process,” explained the governor.

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When asked about the construction of the bridge, the governor who had in June 2021 announced that the works would start before the end of December that year, said they will begin as soon as a concessionaire is identified and will take two to three years to be completed.”

All the necessary funding for the project, the cost of which is approximately US$ 2.5bn, a US$ 3m increase from the US$ 2.2bn estimates made in September 2020, has already been secured.

Background

The 4th Mainland Bridge is a 38 km long bridge set for construction by the Lagos State Government, Nigeria. The bridge cuts across Lekki, Langbasa, and Baiyeiku towns along the shoreline of the Lagos Lagoon estuaries, further running through Igbogbo River Basin and crossing the Lagos Lagoon estuaries to Itamaga Area in Ikorodu. It then crosses the Itoikin road and the Ikorodu – Sagamu Road to connect Isawo inward Lagos Ibadan Expressway at the Ojodu Berger axis.

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The bridge is a four-lane dual carriageway, each comprising of 3 lanes and 2 meters hard shoulder on each side. It will also have 9 interchanges to facilitate effective interconnectivity between different parts of the State, in addition to 3 toll plazas, 4.5 km Lagoon Bridge and an eco-friendly environment amongst other features.

As per the design, the future Fourth Mainland Bridge will have a generous median to allow for both future carriageway expansion and light rail/BRT lane. Upon completion, the facility will be the longest of its kind in the whole of Africa.

Benefits of the 4th Mainland Bridge

The 4th Mainland Bridge will connect people and improve their natural flow in large numbers through a reorganization of vehicular, waterways, and pedestrian modes of transportation. It will also serve as a means for vehicular traffic on its upper level, and accommodate pedestrian, social, commercial, and cultural interactions on its lower level.

Additionally, in conjunction with existing road networks, it will establish a primary ring road around Lagos, which is expected to provide alternative traffic routes from Lekki to Ikorodu, Ikeja to Ajah, relieving the 3rd Mainland Bridge of its overstretched capacity.

Project timeline

The idea for the construction of the 4th Mainland Bridge was conceptualized by the government of Lagos under Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The construction works, expected to be completed by 2019, were planned to commence in 2017, approximately 26 years after the delivery of the Third Mainland Bridge by the ex-military President Ibrahim Babangida at an estimated cost of over US$ 2.2bn.

May 2016: Lagos State to construct 4th mainland bridge in Nigeria

The Lagos State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the construction of a 38km 4th mainland bridge in Nigeria. For the first time in history the State Government is embarking on the construction of a long-span bridge and expressway without the Federal funding given that the project is solely funded by the private sector.

The bridge is expected to fulfill Nigeria’s 14 years waited dream come to reality and gear the state’s economy growth. The bridge project will be executed by the Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiative at a cost of US$4241.8m. The project will be delivered within a period of 3years.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode revealed the state’s bridge construction plans during the MoU signing ceremony held at the Banquet Hall, Lagos House, Ikeja. Governor Ambode also stressed on the need for the bridge has become imperative following the phenomenal growth of the state with a population of over 21 million people who have instead increased the commercial activities and traffic gridlock.

The state’s economic situation has led to the construction of the bridge which is expected to serve as an alternative route to the Eastern axis and at the same time decongesting heavy traffic in the State.

According to Governor Ambode, the bridge is expected to offer the required transportation compliment to the rapidly growing industrial activities on the Eti-Osa – Lekki – Epe corridor of the State. He added that, the proposed alignment of the Bridge will pass through Lekki, Langbasa and Baiyeiku towns along the shoreline of the Lagos Lagoon estuaries. The bridge will as well run through the Igbogbo River Basin, passing through the Lagos Lagoon estuaries to Itamaga Area in Ikorodu.

The alignment will also cross through the Itoikin road and the Ikorodu – Sagamu Road connecting the Isawo inward Lagos Ibadan Expressway at Ojodu Berger axis. The Bridge will be made up of eight interchanges that will facilitate the effective interconnectivity between different parts of the State.

The bridge will be a four lane dual carriageway. Each carriageway will be made up of three lanes and two metres hard shoulder on each side. The bridge will be constructed such that a generous median will allow future carriageway expansion and light rail facility.

However, the project will be delivered on a Win-Win framework for all investors. Governor Ambode ha also reassured Lagos residents that his administration will remain committed transforming the State to a world class transportation system as a vital component, which according to him is a key requirement for the sustenance of economic growth in the State.

March 2017: Nigeria’s Lagos 4th mainland bridge set for construction

The construction of Nigeria’s Fourth Mainland Bridge is now expected to kick off in the coming weeks following the announcement that a suitable contractor for the project is about to be appointed

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According to the government officials the project is expected to cost $2.66b, including the cost of access roads. And currently they have issued operate transfer (BOT) model.
The officials added that in a week’s time they will release the construction timetable for the construction project.
State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, has suggested that construction could begin before the end of this year. Some of the funding for the project has been allocated in this year’s Lagos State Government budget. The bridge will carry both passenger and cargo traffic.

He added that once the project is completed it will be able to decongest the City and give a quick solution to the problems facing the city residents and transport sector.

“The project may take longer time because we must ensure that a certain number of homes and other buildings, mainly in informal settlements, will have to be demolished and terms of compensation agreed with residents.

This is often a controversial process on infrastructural projects, partly because it can be difficult to determine exactly who lives in informal settlements” he added.

The official however told the local residents not to have any worries as the government will ensure that they are compensated before any demolition work is done to their properties.
He called upon them to cooperate  with the government officials to ensure that the compensation is done right on time and adequately.

Those who will be compensated however will have to produce the right documents of ownership to the local housing and land offices.

The project will be funded by the local county government and some of the donors from unnamed states.

April 2018: Nigeria to construct fourth Mainland Bridge

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.

The anniversary was meant to celebrate the Ambode-led administration for completing 55km of roads out of the 129 km and 48 building projects between May 2017 and April this year. Meanwhile, 25 km of roads and 17 building projects are in progress across the various local government areas in the state.

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.

Also read: Nigeria’s Lagos 4th mainland bridge set for construction

Master plan

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.

2019

The Lagos state government started the selection process for construction of the 4th Mainland Bridge in November 2019 following the advertisement of an Expression of Interest (EOI).

2020

Ope George, the director-general of the Lagos State Government office of public-private partnership (PPP) announced that the cost of the project had been revised from US$ 2,2bn to US$ 2.5bn.

The Government of the State of Lagos shortlisted 10 firms out of 32 eligible companies that responded to the call for Expression of Interest (EOI) and applied for the construction of the Fourth Mainland Bridge in Lagos.

2021

Special Adviser for Works & Infrastructure to the Lagos State Governor, Eng. Aramide Adeyoye disclosed that the state would announce the preferred bidder for the construction of the fourth mainland bridge in the third quarter (Q3) of the year.

June 2021 4th Mainland Bridge in Lagos: Construction works to begin this December

Speaking during the assessment speech of his 2nd year as the head of the state, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu revealed that the construction of the proposed 4th Mainland Bridge in Lagos will start before the end of December this year.

He said, “The laying of the foundation stone for the 4th Lagos Bridge site will take place before the end of 2021. The contract is at the final stage of completion and our Public-Private Partnership (PPP) concessionaires appear to be very committed. The preferred bidder out of the six under-listed bidders is expected to be determined by October.”

The 6 bidders in question are Mota-Engil and CCCC Consortium, Power Construction Corporation of ChinaCGGCCGC Joint-Venture, CCECC Nigeria LimitedChina State Construction Engineering Corporation Nigeria Limited, and IC ICTAS Insaat Sanayi ve Ticaret.

The governor also mentioned that all the necessary funding for the project has been secured. The project is currently estimated to cost US$ 2.5bn, an approximately US$ 3m increase from the US$ 2.2bn estimates made in September last year.

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  1. IF 3RD MAINLAND BRIDGE COST $2.2B AROUND 1990 WHEN THE NAIRA STILL HAD VALUE, SURELY THE 4TH MAINLAND, SEVERAL KILOMETER LONGER AND TO BE THE LONGEST BRIDGE IN AFRICA, SHOULD THIS DAY AND AGE, COST NOTHING LESS THAN ABOUT TWICE AS MUCH TO BUILD – SAY, $5.00B!
    MOREOVER, HAVE NIGERIAN POLITICAL PROBLEMS BEEN SOLVED TO PREVENT THE SEEMINGLY INEVITABLE CIVIL WAR BETWEEN SOUTHERN NIGERIA AND FULANI-HAUSA NORTH?

    WHEN THAT HAPPENS, THEN THE 4TH MAINLAND BRIDGE WOULD BECOME A FAVOURITE TARGET FOR TOTAL DISTRUCTION.

    LAGOS STATE SHOULD PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE SAVE THIS MONEY – UNTIL THE BIRTH OF YORUBA REPUBLIC, IS MY SINCERE ADVICE!!!

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