4th Mainland Bridge: Lagos marks 800 structures for relocation
Lagos State Government, yesterday, said no fewer than 800 structures and shanties have been identified to give way through relocation to allow for the construction of the proposed 4th Mainland Bridge project.
This came as the government said rehabilitation works were carried on 540 roads since the emergence of the present administration on May 29th, 2015.
Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Ganiyu Johnson, disclosed this at the commencement of the 2016, Ministerial Press Briefing at Alausa, Ikeja, in commemoration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode's first year in office.
Ahead of the planned signing of Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, scheduled to take place next month between the state and investors on the bridge project, the commissioner said : '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 the traffic within Lekki Corridor and redistribute traffic towards Lagos Mainland which serves to meet increased future road infrastructure demands.
The proposal further reinforces the policy thrust of this administration on the provision of efficient transportation system as a catalyst for social and economic development of the state, complementing the on-going efforts in meeting up with megacity status for Lagos State.' Vanguard