Lagos has a sizable population. Most major and minor roads in Lagos are backed up, which is a true reflection of the city being the hub of commercial activity in the nation.
Residents struggle to survive and succeed in their respective businesses even though government exists to foster an enabling environment.
The Lagos State Government is about to start building the Fourth Mainland Bridge in the state in order to manage the traffic congestion situation. The Island and the Mainland, the two separate regions of the state, will be connected by this bridge.
The Carter, Eko, and Third Mainland bridges, the three existing bridges that connect the island to the mainland, will experience less strain as a result of the new bridge.
Recently, the State Government met with stakeholders to discuss the Fourth Mainland Bridge’s potential social and environmental effects.
The preferred handlers are anticipated to be revealed by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu “before the end of 2022, most likely on or before December 24.”
The project had gone through the Request for Proposal Stage I and Stage II of the open, competitive bidding process.
The RFP Stage II shortlist consists of three bidders. They are CGGC-CGC Joint Venture, CCECC & CRCCIG Consortium, and Mota-Engil (Nigeria & Africa) CCCC & CRBC consort.
By April, the preferred bidder will move to site and commence construction.
The hub of the traffic symphony is the brand-new fourth mainland bridge. Eight roads run parallel to the bridge. People will be able to connect with ease and convenience thanks to this bridge.
The bridge is anticipated to be 37 kilometers long and will run from Abraham Adesanya in Ajah on the Eti-Osa-Lekki-Epe corridor to Owutu/Isawo in Ikorodu on the northwest side of the lagoon shoreline of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
According to Mr. Kayode Oluwagbuyi, an environmental and social safeguard consultant for the 4th Mainland Bridge Project, the trip from the island to the mainland wouldn’t take three to four hours anymore.
“We anticipate that the trip will only take 30 minutes.” Oluwagbuyi proclaimed.
It will be necessary to demolish an unknown number of homes and other structures, mostly in unofficial settlements, and come to an agreement on the terms of compensation with the residents.
The 4.5 km Lagoon Bridge, three toll plazas, nine interchanges, eco-friendly surroundings, and other features will make the bridge, when finished, the second-longest bridge in Africa.