Lagos, the largest city in Nigeria and Africa, is poised for a groundbreaking transformation with the impending construction of the Fourth Mainland Bridge. Spanning an impressive 38 kilometers, the bridge will connect Lagos Island via Langbasa (Lekki) and Baiyeku (Ikorodu), traversing the Lagos Lagoon to reach Itamaga in Ikorodu. Anticipated to be completed in 2027, this bridge is set to become the second-longest in Africa, following the Cairo-Alexandria Desert Road Bridge in Egypt.
This ambitious project is a result of a public-private partnership (PPP) between the Lagos State Government and a consortium of private investors spearheaded by the Chinese construction company CCECC-CRCCIG Consortium. Valued at $2.5 billion, financing for this endeavor includes $1.352 billion from the African Export-Import Bank and Access Bank, both esteemed financial institutions in Africa.
The Fourth Mainland Bridge is designed as a 2 x 4 lane carriageway cross-sectional road, incorporating a dedicated Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Lane and provisions for future road expansion. The bridge will boast three toll plazas, nine interchanges, a 4.5-kilometer Lagoon Bridge, and a commitment to an eco-friendly environment. It is positioned to alleviate the congestion often experienced on the Eko, Carter, and Third Mainland Bridges due to high traffic volumes in Lagos.
Beyond its infrastructural impact, the project is expected to yield substantial economic, social, and environmental benefits for Lagos and Nigeria as a whole. The Lagos State Government foresees the Fourth Mainland Bridge reducing travel time, easing traffic congestion, stimulating business activities, fostering job creation, enhancing security, and promoting tourism. Additionally, the bridge is set to catalyze the development of new residential and commercial areas along its corridor, enhancing connectivity and integration with other regions of Nigeria.
Undoubtedly, the Fourth Mainland Bridge is a visionary and ambitious undertaking that reflects the aspirations and potential of Lagos and Africa. Beyond its immediate benefits, the project is poised to elevate the quality of life and mobility for millions of Lagosians while showcasing Africa’s engineering and technological prowess to the global stage.