Do you know the official name of the third mainland bridge is Ibrahim Babangida Bridge? Are you aware that the third mainland bridge was the longest bridge in Africa until 1996 when the 6th October Bridge located in Cairo was completed? The famous Third 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 called Julius Berger. The 2nd longest bridge in Africa was commissioned in 1990 by General Ibrahim Babangida. The third mainland bridge spans around 11.8 kilometres in length and is the longest of three bridges connecting Lagos Island to the mainland. The other two bridges are the Eko bridge and the Carter bridge which serves the same purpose of connecting Lagos Island to Lagos Mainland.
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 kilometres, 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.
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