About 800 houses have been billed for demolition in order to make way for the construction of the 4th Mainland Bridge, Lagos State government has declared.

Speaking at the stakeholders meeting on Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA), Lagos state Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, represented by his Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat stated that about 800 houses would go to allow construction, as against the 4,000 houses initially marked for demolition in the previous design, before it was realigned. The freeway bridge is subdivided into three sections namely, Island Section, Lagoon Section, and Mainland Section.

The government said the 37.4KM 4th Mainland bridge, is estimated to cost the sum of $2.2 billion and will starts at Abraham Adesanya Roundabout in Lekki, where a “free flow” interchange would be constructed as well as some traffic flow alterations to the existing Lekki–Epe expressway so as to maintain traffic movements during construction.

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“This strategic piece of highway infrastructure has left no one in doubt about our commitment to ensure that this project becomes a reality.”

He stated that the history of the 4th Mainland Bridge project goes back almost 15 years ago when it was first raised due to the ever-decreasing efficiency of the existing 3rd Mainland Bridge in addressing the transportation needs of a growing population.