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4th Mainland Bridge: Lagos State Government Opens Bid for Partnerships

The Lagos State Government has opened a bid for partnerships on its planned 4th Mainland Bridge construction project.

Speaking with the press as part of activities lined up to mark Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s 200 days in the office recently, the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso made the announcement.

Omotoso noted that local and international firms have so far expressed interest in the construction of the bridge, explained that the bidding would be done at a ceremony to be hosted by the state government.

4th Mainland Bridge: Lagos State Government Opens Bid for Partnerships

The 4th Mainland Bridge is being proposed to reduce pressure on the existing roads which is expected to include a bypass which will connect people in large numbers and improve the natural flow through a restructuring of vehicular, pedestrian, and waterways modes of transportation.

According to the masterplan published by nleworks.com, the planned 2-level bridge will not only function as a means for vehicular traffic on its upper level, but it will also stimulate and accommodate pedestrian, social, commercial and cultural interactions on it’s lower level – ‘Lagos Life’ – with its tropical environment and intimate street-level exchanges.

The Fourth Mainland Bridge coupled with existing road networks is expected to connect a primary ring road around Lagos which will provide alternative traffic routes from Lekki to Ikorodu, Ikeja to Ajah, relieving the 3rd Mainland bridge of its overstretched capacity.

The commissioner said that the Sanwo-Olu’s administration had put special attention on transportation, infrastructure and traffic management to ease congestion.

“I boldly state here that the THEMES agenda of the Sanwo-Olu government is on course and will be achieved. The speed of projects implementation has now increased, especially since the last 100 days,” Omotosho said

“The government is leveraging the private sector, which controls about 80 per cent of the state’s Gross Domestic Product, as crucial in the government’s drive to bridging the infrastructure gap and building the smart city of our dream.

“Access Bank is partnering the state government in the upgrading of a network of roads in Oniru under PIIP arrangement. To further bring relief to our people, we will be setting the process in place for the construction of the Fourth Mainland Bridge. Next Wednesday is the final day for the submission of expression of interest; we will be unveiling the process that will lead to the realisation of the project on that day.”

3rd Mainland Bridge, Busiest Nigerian Road with 117,000 Daily Vehicular Traffic

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