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Residents make case for Fourth Mainland Bridge

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Residents make case for Fourth Mainland Bridge

Post  Admin on Wed Dec 10, 2008 6:12 pm

Lagos State Government was on Tuesday urged to begin the construction of the Fourth Mainland Bridge in order to ease traffic congestion on major highways in various parts of the state.

Residents who made the call in separate interviews with our correspondent in Lagos said the project would alleviate the plight of motorists and commuters.

They also urged the Federal Government to appropriate special funds for the state government to accomplish the project.

A technologist, Mr. Julius Adeyemo, said using the three bridges linking Lagos Island from the Mainland was becoming a nightmare.

According to him, "Everyday, hundreds of vehicles are held in traffic on the Third Mainland Bridge, Carter and Eko bridges linking Lagos Island and in the process, motorists spend an average of one and a half hours from the Mainland to the Island.

"In most cases, one hardly sees the cause of the traffic congestion, and even if 2,000 traffic officers are deployed to the highways and bridges, they would not make any significant impact."

Adeyemo said some workers who commute to the Island and Lekki from Abule Egba, Iju and Alagbado areas of the state have decided to arrange alternative accommodation on the Island during the week days, adding that they usually return home on Friday evenings.

He said the only option for the intractable traffic congestion was for the state government to ensure that it constructs the Fourth Mainland Bridge.

A financial consultant, Mr. Gboye Faneye, shared this view; saying that the state government should be more committed to the project alongside the light rail scheme.

According to him, "There is no doubt that the construction of the Fourth Mainland Bridge is overdue. I appeal to the Federal Government to support the state government in executing this project."

Faneye said not all Lagos residents working in Lekki and Victoria Island could afford to reside in the highbrow areas, hence the need to ensure good roads and access bridges to various parts of the state.

He said the state government should accord priority to the transportation projects because they were capable of attracting investments into the state.

Besides, he advised motorists whose vehicles were not roadworthy to avoid using the Third Mainland Bridge, saying that each time a faulty vehicle breaks down, it worsens traffic situation on the bridge.

A medical attendant, Miss Toyin Adeleke, observed that the existing bridges were inadequate.

She also implored the Federal Government to partner with the state government to execute the Fourth Mainland Bridge project.

Adeleke commended the state government for initiating works on Okota-Isolo link bridge and hoped the project would be completed in record time.


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