By Olasunkanmi Akoni
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, today (Wednesday), signed the Memorandum of Understanding with investor on the much talked about construction of the proposed 4th Mainland Bridge project.
Lagos State Government had recently marked no fewer than 800 structures and shanties for relocation to allow for the construction of the project.
Earlier Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Ganiyu Johnson, disclosed that: “Previously, we had 10 alignments but we have narrowed it down to one and the reason was that most of the past alignments we had could lead to the relocation of over 3000 structures and shanties, but with the alignments we have now, it would not take more than 800 structures and changes. This was one of the things we were doing in-house on the project.”
From the new alignments, Johnson said the bridge would traverse from Ajah to North-West direction towards the lagoon shoreline to Lagos-Ibadan Expressway via Ikorodu, noting that “The approximate length of the road/bridge is 37.9 Km with a design speed of 140 km. The significant and value of the proposed construction lies in its capacity to rapidly decongest traffic within Lekki Corridor and redistribute traffic towards Lagos Mainland which serves to meet increased future road infrastructure demands as well as complement the on-going efforts in meeting up with megacity status for Lagos State.