The Lagos State Government has announced that the construction of the 38km Fourth Mainland Bridge would still begin this year.
The disclosure was made by the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde, who revealed that government was committed to the proposed project.
Although Ayorinde did not mention the specific time of the year for the commencement of the project, it should be noted that the construction of the bridge was accommodated in the state’s 2017 Golden Budget.
Checks in the budget indicate that the sum of N844bn was earmarked for the construction of the bridge.
When constructed, the bridge is expected to pass through Itamaga in the Ikorodu axis of Lagos linking Baiyeku, Langbasa and Lekki areas.
You would recall that 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.
The construction of the bridge will be coming 50 years after the state’s existence and 26 years after the delivery of the Third Mainland Bridge by the ex-military President Ibrahim Babangida.
Expected to have a four-land dual carriageway, the project when completed, will give birth to the longest of all the bridges connecting Lagos Mainland to the Island.