According to State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde, the Lagos State Government has plans to begin construction of the 38km Fourth Mainland Bridge this year.

Mr Ayorinde, said this on Tuesday in Lagos, explaining that the government was committed to the proposed project. However, the commissioner did not mention a specific date or time of the year when the project would commence.

The construction of the bridge is accommodated in the state’s 2017 Budget with about N844bn earmarked for the construction of the bridge.

About 800 structures and shanties will be affected by the construction of the bridge to be carried out under a Build, Operate and Transfer arrangement.

The idea of the creation of the bridge first came up during former governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration, about 14 years ago and construction of the 4th mainland bridge will be coming 50 years after the state’s existence and 26 years after the delivery of the 3rd Mainland Bridge by the ex-military President Ibrahim Babangida.

In May 2015, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a consortium of firms and finance houses for the construction of the bridge.

However, during its conception, the government had to stop several times as it was revealed that about 3,000 structures could be affected by the bridge’s right of way. To continue the construction, a new alignment design concept was produced to save about 2,200 houses from being destroyed.

The project, when completed, will give birth to the longest of all the bridges connecting Lagos Island to the Mainland as the bridge will pass through Lekki, Langbasa, and Baiyeku towns – on the Lagoon estuaries – to Itamaga, in Ikorodu.

The bridge will serve as a complement to the Eko, Carter and Third Mainland Bridges and help to reduce traffic.

The bridge is expected to have a four-lane dual carriageway.

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