The third major road bridge from the Nigerian mainland to the Island of Lagos was opened by President Alhaji Shehu Shagari (on Tuesday 30 September), as part of the country's independence celebrations.
GV Skyline of Lagos, Nigeria PAN TO new bridge.
GV Official motorcade crossing new bridge. (2 SHOTS)
SV President Shehu Shagari meeting works officials on bridge.
CU Sign saying 'Third Mainland Bridge - Lagos' PULL BACK TO GV OF sign and plan of bridge.
GV President Shagari cutting tape as onlookers applaud.
CU Road sign to Third Mainland Bridge PULL BACK TO GV approach roads to bridge.
GV Traffic jams on old bridges.
GV PAN Third Mainland Bridge from underneath roadway.
GV Third Mainland Bridge.
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Background: The third major road bridge from the Nigerian mainland to the Island of Lagos was opened by President Alhaji Shehu Shagari (on Tuesday 30 September), as part of the country's independence celebrations. It's designed to relieve the growing pressure on the two existing bridges which span the Lagos Lagoon.
SYNOPSIS: Since 1975 the growing number of vehicles driving in and out of Lagos have put the existing road system under considerable strain. So the completion of the Third Mainland Bridge is a welcome addition to tackle the problem. The first vehicles to travel along the bridge formed the official opening motorcade. It's the third in successive Government's efforts to link Lagos with the mainland.
Present Shehu Shagari was introduced to the officials who've co-ordinated construction since the bridge was merely a drawing on an architect's board. Then he was called on to officially declare the bridge open. He'd earlier paid glowing tributes to the contractors.
In contrast to the few vehicles in the official motorcade, the two original bridges were full, as usual, with heavy traffic. The problem's been evident since the early 1970s, and the first plans for the Third Mainland Bridge were discussed in 1975. Its design in comparable with the best in the world, according to Nigeria's Director of Federal Highways. It consists of two separate carriageways, each providing three traffic lanes and an emergency shoulder.
It's cost nearly one hundred and twenty two million pounds (Sterling).