As part of the strategies to reduce travel time across Lagos, the State Government has disclosed that construction work on the fourth Mainland bridge would kick-off before the end of 2022 first quarter.
It said that the construction kick-off date was fixed considering that other projects that could aid its efficiency were already getting close to completion date particularly the Lekki Regional Road Project.
The Special Adviser to governor on Works and Infrastructure, Aramide Adeyoye, disclosed the date during an inspection of the Lekki Regional Road Project, describing it as a precursor to the proposed Fourth Mainland Bridge.
On the Regional road project, Adeyoye stated that several large pilling rings were ready and that the pile reinforcement cages to be used in foundation works for bridge signals were already done.
According to Adeyoye, the project is a precursor to the proposed Fourth Mainland Bridge whose construction will begin in the first quarter of 2022.
The special adviser, yesterday, added that the project, regional road, would further open up the Lekki area to serve as alternative route and link to several communities and industrial areas.
She added that governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu was committed to massive infrastructure delivery and listed several roads and bridges completed recently in the state, saying with roads, bridges, you cannot lie, its either you do them or you do not do them because these are things that people feel directly.
“And I want the citizens to believe in us; we told you we that will conclude and finish up with Pen Cinema Bridge, we have done that. We also told you that before the end of this administration, we would actually move on with the fourth Mainland Bridge and I just want you to believe. We told you we will give an alternative to the Lekki Epe Expressway and exactly that is what we are doing,” she said.
The governor’s aide explained that the project would decongest traffic within the Lekki sub region by providing access to VGC, Ikate Elegushi, Ikota, Chevron Drive, Ajiran, Pinnock Beach Estate, Gracefield Island and Orange Island and serve as an alternative to the Eti Osa-Epe Expressway.
She said that the 8.75 kilometre Lekki regional road, comprises a 500 meters bridge, 251 metres interchange 50 metres bicycle lane and an adjoining 500 metres road being handled by Messrs Hi-Tech Construction Company Ltd was at 23.56 per cent completion will link Lekki-Epe Expressway at Victoria Garden City (VGC) junction to the Freedom Way in Eti-Osa to resolve gridlock on the axis
‘The contractor is on-site and they have done a lot of work behind the scene, pilling works for the pedestrian bridges are completed and the bridges are already in place while a lot of sand filling dredging on the road alignment has been achieved,” she said.
earlier, the Managing Director, Hitech Construction Company Ltd, Danny Abboud, said that the firm had been working round the clock since they moved to the site to deliver the project on schedule.
Abboud said sand was being dredged directly from the Lagos Lagos to ease construction works on the Lekki Regional Road which spans from Victoria Garden City to connect Freedom Way at Lekki Scheme
It would be recalled that the project which was awarded in May, 2020 but construction began in August, 2020 was billed for completion in 22 Months, that is June, 2022.