Third Mainland Bridge In Lagos: History, Length, Traffic, Closure Time


The Third Mainland Bridge is the biggest of 3 bridges that link Lagos Island to the mainland. The other two bridges are the Eko and Carter bridges.


Third Mainland Bridge was the record holder as the longest bridge in the whole of Africa until the year 1996 when the famous 6th October Bridge in Cairo, Egypt was constructed.


The Third Mainland Bridge begins from the Oworonshoki to the Apapa-Oshodi motorway and Lagos-Ibadan motorway and ends at the Adeniji Adele Interchange.


There is also a branch of the bridge that goes to Herbert Macaulay Way, Yaba. The Third Mainland Bridge was constructed by Julius Berger Nigeria PLC. The first stage of the bridge was commissioned by President Shehu Shagari in the year 1980 and had its completion by former President Ibrahim Babangida in 1990.


The Third Mainland Bridge spans about 11.8 kilometres in length.


The Third Mainland Bridge has the most traffic of all the three bridges.


From 25 July 2020, a part of the Three Mainland Bridge has been closed and the other opened to motor traffic while important maintenance work gets done on the closed half.