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4th Mainland Bridge Will Spur Development Says Lagos State Govt.

The Government of Lagos state, on Saturday said the proposed 4th Mainland Bridge project would make room for future expansion, curb gridlock and bring development to neighbouring communities. The Special Adviser to the governor on Works and Infrastructure, Mrs Aramide Adeyoye, said this at a stakeholder meeting with some boundary communities in Lagos and Ogun States. The meeting, which took place in Isheri Estate, in Ogun, was for the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (EIA) of the proposed Lagos 4th Mainland Bridge Project on Arepo, Opic, Isheri, Igbogbo Bayeku, Agric-Owutu, Ishawo, Tapa, and adjoining communities.

Mrs Adeyoye, who was fully represented by her Project Director in the Ministry, Mr Tokunbo Ajanaku, thanked the stakeholders from Lagos and Ogun States and sought their support towards the execution of the 37 kilometer road with 16 different routes. She said three bids were in their final stages and captured the interests of the communities direct beneficiaries of the project in mitigating all environmental impacts. She said the project was a transport infrastructure solution and was divided into three sections; Island, Mainland, and Lagoon sections.

She added that the government was meticulous, and transparently carrying stakeholders along at every stage. She said the project provided a holistic solution to perennial flooding on the axis because the area would be the exit point of the bridge, which took its bearing from Abraham Adesanya on the Island. Responding to questions from residents who wanted rail incorporated, Adeyoye said the project had a Bus Rapid Transit Corridor included, adding that spaces were provided for expansion.

 

“What is outstanding is this laudable project which is the 4th Mainland Bridge,” she said. She said because the project was a Public Private Partnership (PPP), there was a need to spell out every process allowing the opportunity for feedback, hence the stakeholders meeting.

 

She added that 16 different routes and alignments had been charted in the last three years and various tests and studies had been done, including the EIA. The consultant to the project, said the bridge would be an international project, hence the need to involve and carry along the people who were the end users through a transparent process.

He explained that six interchanges would be built now, while an additional three would be built in the future.

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