Lagos State Government has announced that no fewer than 800 structures and shanties will have to give way to allow the construction of the proposed Lagos 4th Mainland Bridge project. This is opposed to the 3,000 houses that were initially expected to go down when the project begins.
Disclosing this yesterday at the commencement of the 2016 Ministerial Press Briefing at Alausa, Ikeja, in commemoration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s first year in office, the Lagos State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Ganiyu Johnson, said the number of houses to be demolished reduced as a result of the newly designed alignment. He however noted that owners of the 800 affected houses would be duly compensated by the State government.
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Ahead of the planned signing of Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, scheduled to take place next month between the state and investors on the bridge project, the commissioner said:
“Previously, we had 10 alignments but we have narrowed it down to one and the reason was that most of the past alignments we had could lead to the relocation of over 3,000 structures and shanties, but with the alignments we have now, it would not take more than 800 structures and changes. This was one of the things we were doing in-house on the project.”
He further explained that the bridge would traverse from Ajah to North-West direction towards the lagoon shoreline to Lagos-Ibadan Expressway via Ikorodu, adding that when constructed, it would drastically reduce traffic experienced on Eko, Cater and Third Mainland Bridges.
“The approximate length of the road/bridge is 37.9 Km with a design speed of 140 km. The significant and value of the proposed construction lies in its capacity to rapidly de-congest the traffic within Lekki Corridor and redistribute traffic towards Lagos Mainland which serves to meet increased future road infrastructure demands.
“The proposal further reinforces the policy thrust of this administration on the provision of efficient transportation system as a catalyst for social and economic development of the state, complementing the on-going efforts in meeting up with mega city status for Lagos State.”