Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola yesterday formally handed over the Lekki-Ikoyi suspended link bridge built with the best of aesthetics to take off traffic from Victoria Island. Commuters who hope to use the bridge will however have to pay a toll each way with salon cars paying N250.00, motorcycles with 200cc capacity and above N100.00, mini-vans, SUVs and light pick-up trucks N300.00 while non-commercial buses with a maximum seating capacity of 26 persons will pay N400.00 each way.
While handing over the project, the governor said that the primary objective for embarking on the project was to provide a transport infrastructure and strategic traffic management solution aimed at easing traffic congestion in the area.
“This is why similar bridge works are being undertaken in Agiliti in the Mile 12 area, to connect communities that have been separated by water for forever. This is why a similar project is being executed in Ajao-Ejigbo area with the construction of a link bridge and road to connect another area separated by the Ejigbo canal from time immemorial.
“It is the same reason for a similar project , a four lane bridge in Isheri-Ijegun –Isolo area, to provide crossing over water, connect separated communities; and reduce journey times and the associated economic and social costs”, the Governor explained.
The Governor stated that the present administration is working ceaselessly to start the commencement of the 4th Mainland Bridge, adding that the state has made a lot of progress on it adding that the bridge will take off from Lekki across the Lagoon to Ikorodu.
“All of these will bring a lot of relief during the period of the building of the 4th Mainland Bridge as it will provide choice after its completion. All of these fit very squarely within our inter-modal transport plan of connectivity of rail, ferries and vehicles. Others cities such as London and Cairo have 33 bridges on the River Thames and five bridges on the River Nile respectively”, he added.
“We expect therefore that from today the people of Lekki who have no business in Victoria Island will not need to go on to Ozumba Mbadiwe in order to cross to the Mainland. In the event that they do, it will not be because they have no alternatives, it will be because they made a choice”, he stressed.
He gave a commitment that in the future, the government intends to complete the road from the third Roundabout through Admiralty Way to provide a choice and access to commuters from Ajah who are heading to the Mainland.