Though the journey of the 4th Mainland Bridge began several years ago, it has become a top priority of the Governor Babajide Sanwo -Olu administration because of its importance to the state and the nation.
So far, 10 companies out of the 32 which submitted Expression of Interest in the project have satisfied the prescribed requirements. The proposed 38km bridge is very important because it is to serve as an alternative route to the Eastern part of Lagos and ease traffic congestions along major highways.
The bridge is to be made up of eight interchanges to facilitate effective interconnectivity among different parts of the state. It would be a four-lane dual carriageway with each comprising three lanes and two meters hard shoulder on each side. It will be constructed with a generous median to allow for both future carriageway expansion and light rail facility.
According to Hamzat, the bridge will provide the requisite transportation support to the rapidly developing Eti-Osa-Lekki-Epe corridor of the state.
Hamzat further explained: “The proposed alignment of the bridge will pass through Lekki, Langbasa and Baiyeku 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.
“The alignment will also cross through the Itoikin Road and the Ikorodu Sagamu Road to connect lsawo inward Lagos Ibadan Expressway at Ojodu-Berger axis. The bridge, among others, would accommodate cyclists, pedestrians, two service areas as well as an additional pedestrian crossing. The significance of the bridge will be entirely treasured when we imagine what the Lagos of today would look like without the 3rd Mainland Bridge,” he said.