Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge

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Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge
Lekki Ikoyi Link Bridge.jpg
Coordinates6°27′01″N 3°27′21″E / 6.4502°N 3.4558°E / 6.4502; 3.4558Coordinates: 6°27′01″N 3°27′21″E / 6.4502°N 3.4558°E / 6.4502; 3.4558
CrossesFive Cowries Creek
LocalePhase 1, Lekki, Lagos State
Ikoyi, Lagos, Lagos State
Characteristics
DesignCable-stayed
Total length1.36 kilometres (0.85 mi)
Longest span110 metres (360 ft)
History
Constructed byJulius Berger Nigeria

The Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge, is a 1.36 km cable-stayed bridge in Lagos State. It links the Phase 1 area of Lekki, with Ikoyi district of Lagos. The bridge was commissioned on the 29th of May 2013 by the Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola.[1]

Design and construction[edit]

The bridge is the first cable-stayed bridge to be built in Nigeria and was constructed by Julius Berger Nigeria. The bridge has a 9-metre headroom above water level in order to allow for the flow of maritime traffic.[2]

Operation[edit]

The bridge is a toll bridge and its use is restricted to private and commercial vehicles with a total seating capacity not exceeding 26.[3] The toll gate is located at the Lekki end of the bridge. Tolling has been controversial with some Lagosians believing that since the bridge was built with public funds, its use should be available at no cost.

The Lagos State government, on the other hand, has argued that the collection of tolls is not only required to maintain the bridge but also to generate funds for building other bridges to link parts of Lagos. The waterway above which the bridge is built is owned and controlled by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Apart from vehicular traffic, the bridge also serves as a recreational facility. Fitness inclined residents of Lekki phase 1 and Ikoyi use the wide curbs of the bridge for jogging and running, usually in the early mornings and evenings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.vanguardngr.com/2013/05/fashola-commissions-lekki-ikoyi-link-bridge/
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-27. Retrieved 2013-11-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-27. Retrieved 2013-11-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)