Lagos state, has disclosed that work will begin in the first quarter of next year on the 38-km-long Fourth Mainland Bridge, between Lagos Island the mainland.
Deputy Governor of Lagos state, Obafemi Hamzat stated this yesterday during an online conference.
Hamzat described the bridge which would be the longest in Africa as the key to easing traffic congestion in Nigeria’s commercial capital.
He said the project was proposed in 2006 and a sum of $2.2 billion was earmarked for it in the 2017 budget of Lagos state, however work has always been delayed by problems in finding the best route through the densely populated city.
The Deputy Governor noted that the bridge, which would run across Lagos lagoon by way of Lekki, when completed is expected to carry four lanes of traffic and it will help to ease the load on the Lekki-Epi expressway.
According to him, “Thirty-two bids were entered to build the project, from which a shortlist of 10, dominated by Chinese companies, was drawn up in April”
Hamzat said that the teams in the running include: China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Nigeria, joint venture between China Gezhouba Group and the China Geo-Engineering Corporation, China Harbour Engineering, China state Construction Engineering Corporation Nigeria, Power Construction Corporation China Communications Construction.
Others are China Communication Construction and Metal-Engil of Portugal, IC Ictas of Turkey, Ingenieros Consultores of Spain, Julius Berger of Germany and Mutual Commitment Company of Nigeria.