Governor Akiwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Thursday said the State Government would sign a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with investors for the construction of the proposed 4th Mainland bridge before May 29. He said the road would be built under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) program. There will be three lanes o both sides and the remaining two lanes on both sides and the remaining two lanes in the middle will be reserved for rail development in the future when the government has funds for the project,” he said.
Lagos state is the fifth biggest economy in Africa and the pulse of Nigeria’s economy. There are great opportunities in the heart of Lagos… With these opportunities come an intense congestion; causing pressures that threaten to paralyze the city’s circulation, its growth and its people. To reduce this pressure, the 4th Mainland Bridge will assist to ease congestion. The operation will be the insertion of a bypass bridge within the body of Lagos. In addition to this bridge there will also be a new heart to support the bridge. This ‘new bridge and new heart’ in the body of Lagos will not be typical infrastructure; they will connect people in large numbers and improve their natural flow through a reorganization of vehicular, waterways, and pedestrian modes of transportation.
The 2 level bridge will not only function as a means for vehicular traffic on its upper level, it will stimulate and accommodate pedestrian, social, commercial and cultural interactions on it’s lower level, with its tropical environment and intimate street level exchanges.
The Fourth Mainland Bridge in conjunction with existing road networks would establish a primary ring road around Lagos. This ring road will provide alternative traffic routes from Lekki to Ikorodu, Ikeja to Ajah, relieving the 3rd Mainland bridge of its stretched capacity.
With this improved flow of people across Lagos, the city will be relieved of traffic congestion, will maximize its great opportunities and growth better.