Construction of the 4th Mainland Bridge, Lagos will start in the first quarter of next year.
This was made known in Alausa Ikeja at a joint news briefing by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr.Gbenga Omotoso, Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Mrs Aramide Adeyoye and her counterpart on Public, Private Partnerships, Mr. Ope George.
Mr George who said the Bridge is expected to be completed over a four year period, from 2023 to 2026/2027, announced that tolling on the Bridge would be managed by the concession company.
According to Mr. George, the Fourth Mainland Bridge (4MB) Project, which is a proposed Public Private Partnership (PPP) transport infrastructure development, will comprise of the construction and operation of a greenfield tolled road and bridge with a design speed of 120 kilometre per hour, including the development of adjacent real estates.
He added that the bridge, when completed, would become the second longest in Africa with three toll plazas, nine interchanges, a 4.5 kilometre Lagoon Bridge and an eco-friendly environment.
On her part, Mrs Aramide Adeyoye who put the estimated cost for the 4th Mainland Bridge at two and a half billion dollars assured Lagosians that when completed, it would represent the best engineering structure and improve the life of the people.
“Anything shirt of international best practice would not be accepted. I want to assure Lagosians that the bridge would represent the best of engineering in terms of standard, finishing and quality”
She said the bridge would have nine interchanges, eight roads– Lagos/Ibadan Expressway, Lagos/Abuja highway, Benin/Sagamu, and Igbogbo/Lagos would be aligned with the Bridge.
According to Mrs Adeyoye, who is also an Engineer, said the current route chosen as the Bridge path is the best as the environmental impact was taken into consideration, while adequate provisions have been made for owners of about 800 structures which would be affected.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso had assured Lagosians of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s adminstration commitment to a greater Lagos with functional infrastructure.
The 4th Mainland Bridge has been at the conception stage for more than 20years now.