By Grace Alegba, Lagos.
The Lagos State Government says the proposed 4th Mainland Bridge project will make room for future expansion, curb gridlock and bring development to neigbouring communities.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Mrs Aramide Adeyoye, made the declaration on Saturday at a stakeholders’ 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 Baiyeku, Agric-Owutu, Ishawo, Tapa and adjoining communities.
Adeyoye, who was 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-kilometre road with 16 different routes.
She said that 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 that the project, which was a transport infrastructure solution, was divided into three sections — Island, Mainland and Lagoon sections.
Adeyoye stressed that the state government was meticulous, while transparently carrying stakeholders along at every stage.
She said that the project provided a holistic solution to perennial flooding in the neighbourhood because the area would be the exit point of the bridge, which took its bearing from Abraham Adesanya on the Lagos Island.
Responding to questions from residents who wanted the incorporation of rail transportation in the project, Adeyoye said the project encompassed a Bus Rapid Transit Corridor, adding that spaces were provided for expansion.
She said that the proposed 4th Mainland Bridge, which had three to four years completion period, was a feasible project, which had holistic solution to flooding and other climate issues.
The special Adviser said the state’s Strategic Transport Master Plan comprised five roads out, of which three were nearing completion, one was suspended and only the 4th Mainland Bridge had yet to start.
“What is outstanding is this laudable project, which is the 4th Mainland Bridge,” she said.
Adeyoye said that due to the fact that the project was a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) venture, there was need to spell out every process, allowing opportunities for feedback, hence the stakeholders’ meeting.
She added that 16 different routes and alignments had been charted in the last three years, while various tests and studies had been carried out, including the EIA.
Mr Afolabi Oladunni, a consultant on the project, said that 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 additional three would be built in the future.
Speaking on the project overview, Mr Tola Johnson said that climate change issues had be taken care of.
He said that the number of buildings to be demolished would be reduced through the Lagos State drainage master plan, to ensure that the residents also benefitted from the project, which would bring economic development to the state.