The Lagos State Government has finally started a preliminary work on the Fourth Mainland Bridge.
The 26-kilometre infrastructure would be designed to link Ikorodu to the state’s economic hub in Eti-Osa Local Government Area.
The state Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, disclosed that there was no problem on the development of the project contrary to speculations that it had been abandoned.
Hamzat, who once served as the state Commissioner for Science and Technology, explained why full work had not commenced on the proposed bridge linking it to a good number of buildings, which he said, would be affected if the old alignment was the state’s preferred option for the right of way.
He explained that the old alignment “is becoming a bit cumbersome because of the number of buildings on the right of way. It might be extremely destructive if we want to follow the old alignment. We might probably need to destroy a lot of good buildings. This option is not fanciful to us. So, we have to look at another right of way.”
The commissioner, however, declined to give timeline for the completion of the project which has been said will gulp about N160bn.
The Fourth Mainland Bridge will provide access from the hinterland to Victoria Island, which will reduce traffic on the ever-busy Third Mainland Bridge and other bridges linking the mainland to the island.
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