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Lagos to re-award 4th Mainland Bridge contract

The Lagos State Government says the process of selecting new bidder for the construction of the new fourth Mainland Bridge is underway.

The government had terminated a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a consortium handling the 36 kilometers Bridge in 2017.

The government also said that it will intensify efforts in providing efficient and effective road network that will be of overall interest of its residents.

Lagos state Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Ade Akinsanya gave the indication at the 2018 Ministerial Press Briefing to mark the third year in office of the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode.

The Commissioner maintained that there had been series of proposals to the construction of the Fourth Mainland Bridge and government had looked at the technical proposals and shortlisted three bidders.

He assured that the State would announce the preferred bidder and commenced the work before the end of the year.

Engr. Akinsanya said that the provision of physical and social infrastructure across the State will crystalize into mega structures, support the drive to market the State as a smart and tourist destination.

Effects of construction

Engr. Akinsanya said, the investment of the Lagos State Government in infrastructural renewal, expansion, upgrading and regeneration is gradually improving overall accessibility by businesses to provide good and services, people’s access to education, employment and services and generally improving the quality of life of the people.

According to him, a total of 55 roads projects cumulating in 128.936 kilometres and 48 building projects were completed between May 2017 and April 2018, while 25 road projects about 120 kilometres and 17 building projects are on-going across the various Local Government in the State.

Lagos projects

Mr Akinsanya cited the reconstruction of the Murtala Muhammed Airport road, reconstruction of Agric-Ishawo- Arepo in Ikorodu to link the Lagos -Ibadan Expressway among other projects as testimony to the giant strides of the state government in infrastructural renewal projects.

Public works

On the rehabilitation and maintenance by the Public Works Corporation, the Commissioner noted that in the last one year, major rehabilitation works were carried out on 31 roads and palliative maintenance works including patching and sectional over-lay were also carried out on 115 roads.

According to the Commissioner, the agency purchased equipment for interlocking road paving which could pave 400-600 square metres in 8 hours.

Drainage works

On the drainage clearing which was aimed at preventing and curtailing reoccurrence of flooding in the State, the Commissioner mentioned that the maintenance of all primary, outfall, secondary and tertiary drainage channels in the State have been contracted to ensure all year round maintenance.

And to further enhance the safety of pedestrians, Akinsanya posited that the State has also embarked on the provision of pedestrian bridges.

He added that about five new bridges are already completed while nine projects such as laybys among others are on-going across the State with an additional 181 local roads totalling 82.738 kilometres.

Source: Voice of Nigeria