Did you know? The official name for the Third Mainland Bridge is Ibrahim Babangida Bridge. The famous 3rd Mainland Bridge is located in the vibrant city of Lagos State, Nigeria.
The bridge starts from Oworonshoki which is linked to the Apapa-Oshodi expressway and Lagos-Ibadan expressway and ends at Adeniji Adele Interchange on Lagos Island. It was constructed by a German construction firm, Julius Berger. 3MB spans around 11.8 kilometers in length and is the longest of three bridges connecting Lagos Island to the Mainland.
The three major bridges are the Eko bridge, Lekki Ikoyi and the Carter bridge.
The bridge is referred to as Third Mainland Bridge because it is the third of the three bridges that connect Lagos Island with the Mainland. Due to its length in kilometers, it simply means it will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes drive to cover the length of the bridge. In width, the third mainland bridge actually spans eight lanes.
Eko Bridge is the shortest of three bridges connecting Lagos Island to the mainland. The Eko bridge starts from Ijora on the Lagos mainland and ends at the Apongbon area of Lagos Island. The lagoon section of the bridge spans a distance of 430 metres. The bridge was constructed in phases between 1965 and 1975. It serves as the access point for vehicles approaching Lagos Island from the Apapa and Surulere areas of Lagos mainland. The bridge was also constructed by Julius Berger Nigeria PLC.
The Carter Bridge was constructed in 1901 by the British colonial government. At the time of its construction, this was the only bridge connection between the mainland and Lagos Island. The bridge starts from Iddo on the Lagos mainland and ends at the Idumota area of Lagos Island. After independence, the Carter bridge was dismantled and redesigned during the late 1970s. The Alaka-Ijora flyover, on the Iddo end of the span, was completed in 1973.
The Lekki – Ikoyi Link Bridge is a cable bridge that links Lekki to Ikoyi. The bridge was commissioned on 29th May 2013. Access to the bridge from the Lekki Peninsula side is in Lekki Phase I.
The bridge has sidewalks (rare on any other bridge in Lagos) and is also a major route for runners in Ikoyi and Lekki.
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