Tuesday, 17 January 2017


Stretching at a total length of 11.8 km, the 'Third Mainland Bridge' formally 'Ibrahim Babangida Bridge' is an eight-lane bridge, commissioned on August 17, 1991, contrary to Wikipedia report that it was in 1990. It is presently,  the 2nd longest bridge in Africa. It was the longest bridge in Africa until 1996 when the 20.5 kilometres '6th October Bridge' in Cairo, Egypt was commissioned.

3rd mainland bridge  at night

3rd mainland bridge the top of the bridge

The Third Mainland Bridge, was an abandoned project until General Babangida took it up and finished it. The bridge starts from Oworonshoki which is linked to the Apapa-Oshodi express way and Lagos-Ibadan express way and ends at the Adeniji Adele interchange on Lagos Island. There is also a link midway through the bridge that leads to the Herbert Macaulay Way, Yaba. The bridge was built by Julius Berger Nigeria PLC, under the supervision of Governor Raji Rasaki and commissioned by President Ibrahim Babangida on August 17, 1991 and it was named after him.

While on the bridge, one can appreciate the beauty of Lagos, as one can see other parts of Lagos like: the Lagos Lagoon, the University of Lagos Waterfront and Makoko, a shanty town built on the Lagos Lagoon. At the Oworonshoki part of Lagos, the sand merchants can be seen exploring nature as they dig out sands from the lagoon. Water hyacinth plant has occupied a better part of the Oworonshoki end of the lagoon.

3rd mainland bridge

Julius Berger, his company built the bridge

Dr James on top of 3rd mainland bridge

Dr James with General Raji Rasaki, 
then Military Governor of Lagos
 who supervised the construction of the bridge

The bridge is the heart beat of Lagos. between 9am to 10 am, a period of one hour which I spent on the bridge, to monitor traffic situation, a total of 2,843 drove past me to the island while a total of 1,123 vehicles drove from the Island to the mainland. It has been observed that the early morning hours of 6am to 8am experiences heavy traffic as workers drive to the island to resume offices and business commence. From 5pm to 7pm, traffic situation is also heavy as workers return to their respective homes after a hard day's job. So, weekdays, experiences very high vehicular traffic. -

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