The Fourth Mainland Bridge, a project by the Lagos State Government and group of private investors, has been projected to be the second longest bridge in Africa.
The 38-kilometre-long bridge will be connecting Lagos Island by way of Langbasa (Lekki) and Baiyeku (Ikorodu) across the Lagos Lagoon to Itamaga, in Ikorodu and it has the following features: three toll plazas, nine interchanges, a 4.5-kilometre Lagoon Bridge, and an eco-friendly environment.
The construction of the Fourth Mainland Bridge will be handled by a Chinese construction company CCECC-CRCCIG Consortium, with a design speed of 120 km/h, as well as the development of adjacent real estate.
The project which is expected to be delivered in 2027 was proposed in 2006 and a sum of $2.2 billion was allocated for it in the 2017 Lagos State budget.
Recently, a partnership deal was signed by Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu with the African Export-Import Bank and Access Bank at second Africaribbean Trade and Investment Forum 2023 in Georgetown, Guyana, for an investment of $1.352 billion in Lagos infrastructure.
Speaking during the signing, Sanwo-Olu said: “It was a significant moment in Guyana at the Africaribbean Trade and Investment Forum 2023 as we’ve secured a partnership with the African Export-Import Bank and Access Bank for a massive investment of $1.352 billion in Lagos.”
The Fourth Mainland bridge is a 2 x 4 lane carriageway cross-sectional road with permission for BRT Lane and future road construction.
It is proposed to complement the existing Eko, Carter and Third Mainland Bridges.
It is also expected to span about 37 kilometres, starting from Abraham Adesanya in Ajah, on the Eti-Osa-Lekki-Epe corridor and traversing the North West towards the Lagoon shoreline of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway via Owutu/Isawo in Ikorodu.
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