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7 Longest Bridges In Nigeria (third Mainland Bridge Top).


Here are the longest bridges in Nigeria, they are ranked according to length, one on the list Is ranked 2nd longest bridge in Africa. The bridges hold significant stories in Nigeria’s history serving as sites for tourist attractions, photography spots, and so on.

In this article, you will see which of the bridges top the list with, brief history, length when it was constricted and other vital information about all listed bridges.

Here is the list of Longest Bridges In Nigeria :

  1. 3rd MAINLAND BRIDGE – 11.8km (7.3 miles) in length.
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The famous 3rd Mainland Bridge top the list of longest bridge in Nigeria, it is located in the vibrant city of Lagos State, Nigeria. The bridge is also ranked second longest bridge in Africa, it is estimated to be 11.8km (7.3 miles) in length. 

The bridge is referred to as Third Mainland Bridge because it is the third of the three bridges that connect Lagos Island with Lagos Mainland. it elevates to 3 kilometers above the water and is made from pre-stressed reinforced concrete, it is estimated to cost $1billion. READ MORE about the history of the famous third mainland bridge HERE.

How long is 3rd mainland bridge? as the top longest Bridges In Nigeria

The third mainland bridge is estimated to be 11.8km (7.3 miles) long

Who constructed 3rd mainland bridge?

The structure was built/Constructed in phases by Julius Berger and PGH Venture (a venture consisting, of Impresit Girola and Borini Prono, while a group called Trevi Group provided support services for piling.)

The first phase of the bridge was contracted to a PGH Venture, they started the constitution of the third mainland bridge, While the second phase was awarded to Julius Berger Nigeria PLC which completed the third mainland bridge.

  1. SECOND NIGER BRIDGE-1.6 km (1593 meters) in length
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The Second Niger bridge is a 1.6 km (1593 meters) project furnished with other ancillary infrastructure including a 10.3 km (6.4 mi) highway, Owerri interchange and a toll station all at Obosi city, expected to be completed in the year 2022. The bridge is being constructed across Nigeria’s Niger River and it will span from Asaba to Onitsha.

The bridge was to be financed under a public private partnership (PPP) with 60 per cent of the funding coming from the contractor, Gitto Group; 20 per cent from the Federal Government of Nigeria, and 10 per cent from the Anambra and Delta State Governments.

According to premium times, it was reported in March 2022 that the bridge is at 91% completion as it was delayed due to COVID-19 Lock down.

How long is Second Niger bridge?

The Second Niger bridge has a Total length 1.63 km (1.01 mi)

Who constructed Second Niger bridge? as it rank second longest Bridges In Nigeria.

Second Niger bridge was is constructed by leading Nigerian Construction company Julius Berger

  1. River Niger Bridge- 1.4km (1,404 meters) in length.
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The River Niger Bridge is also known as Onitsha Bridge located in Onitsha Anambra State, Nigeria. The bridge is constructed over River Niger to connect southeastern Nigeria with western Nigeria. it was commissioned by the then Prime Minister, late Alhaji Tafawa Balewa and officially opened for traffic in December 1965.

The bridge is constructed with steel with a total length of 1.4km (1,404 m) to link Onitsha and Asaba in present-day Anambra and Delta States. It was estimated cost £6.75 million for the bridge construction.

During the Nigerian Civil War of 1967 – 1970, the bridge was destroyed by retreating Biafran soldiers in an attempt to halt the Nigerian military advance, however, the bridge was rehabilitated During President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s administration at an estimated cost of 1.5 million pounds.

Who constructed Onitsha Bridge (River Niger Bridge)?

Onitsha Bridge (River Niger Bridge) bridge was constructed by the
Netherlands Engineering Consultants of The Hague, Holland (NEDECO) in the 1950s.

How long is Onitsha Bridge (River Niger Bridge)?

The bridge has a total length of 1.4km (1,404 m) with a Longest span of 600 feet (180 m)

  1. LEKKI-IKOYI BRIDGE- 1.36 km (0.84 mile) in length.

The Lekki–Ikoyi Link Bridge is a cable bridge located in Lagos state Nigeria, The bridge has sidewalks and is the first cable-stayed bridge to be built in Nigeria and was constructed by a popular civil engineering company Julius Berger.

The cable bridge links Lekki to Ikoyi as its name implies. The bridge was commissioned by Babatunde Raji Fashola (a former Governor of Lagos State) on 29th May 2013.

Apart from vehicular traffic, the bridge also serves as a recreational facility, The bridge sidewalks (rare on any other bridge in Lagos) serve as a major route for runners in Ikoyi and Lekki. Tourists and other visitors find the bridge as one of the places to visit and the bridge is the most photographed place in Lagos.

How long is the Lekki – Ikoyi Link Bridge?

Lekki – Ikoyi Link Bridge bridge has a total length of 1.36 km (0.84 miles) and has Longest span of
110 meters (360 ft).

Who constructed Lekki – Ikoyi Link Bridge?

Lekki – Ikoyi Link Bridge is constructed by Nigerian construction company Julius Berger.

  1. OLD BRIDGE, MAKURDI- 0.788 KM(788 metres) in length.
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The Old Bridge, Makurdi is a combined rail and road bridge over the Benue River in Makurdi, Benue State Nigeria. The bridge was built to replace the Nigerian railway’s ferry service that conveyed passengers across the Benue to Makurdi.

The structure started in 1928 and was completed and opened in 1932 by a British colonial governor named Donald Cameron, estimated cost of the bridge was about £1,000,000. At the time of its construction, it was one of the largest undertakings by the British in Africa and the longest bridge in Africa.

How long is Old Bridge, Makurdi?

The span of the bridge is about half a mile, and the distance between abutments is 2,584 feet (788 m).

Who constructed Old Bridge, Makurdi?

The bridge was constructed by Sir William Arrol & Co.

  1. CARTER BRIDGE- 0.53km KM (530 meters) in length.
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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 bridge was named after Sir Gilbert Thomas Carter, a former Governor of the Colony of Lagos. It is regarded as one of the oldest bridge in Lagos

How long is carter bridge?

Carter bridge is 0.53km KM (530 meters) in length.

Who constructed carter bridge?

The Carter Bridge was originally constructed by the British colonial government, prior to Nigerian independence in 1960

  1. EKO BRIDGE- 0.43 KM (430 meters) in length
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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 0.43 KM. The bridge and its landward extension of 1.35 KM (1350 metres) were 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.

How long is Eko Bridge? as it rank least longest Bridges In Nigeria.

The Eko Bridge and its landward extension is estimated to be 0.43 KM (430 metres) long

Who constructed Eko Bridge?

The Eko bridge was built by Julius Berger Nigeria PLC in 1975. It was the first major project undertaken by Julius Berger which was approved by Shehu Shagari who was then the Minister of Works during Nigeria’s First Republic.

Which state has the longest bridges in Nigeria?

Lagos state house the longest bridge in Nigeria, the bridge is called the Third mainland bridge with an estimated length of 11.8km (7.3 miles). It is a very popular bridge and is ranked the second-longest bridge in Africa. Read full history HERE.

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