The Third Mainland bridge was built during the military era by Julius Berger Nigeria PLC and was officially opened by President Ibrahim Babangida in 1990.
The Third Mainland Bridge is considered the longest in Nigeria but second in Africa when the 6th October bridge was built at Cairo, 1996. It links Lagos Mainland to Lagos Island. It is also longer than the Eko and Carter bridges.
In 2006, Many commuters complained that the Third Mainland Bridge was weak and vibrated noticeably. This prompted the government to close the bride as work commenced to rectify the situation.
The Official name of the Bridge is “Ibrahim Babangidada Bridge” and of recent, the bridge has been repainted with the country’s color to beautify it.
About hundreds of accidents have occurred on the third mainland bridge and it records the highest number of traffic in Lagos. Although, there is a second niger brigde that the government is trying to build but it won’t be as long as the third mainland bridge.
Other bridges worthy of mention that are related to the longest bridge in the world include:
- 6th October Bridge
- Danyang Kunshan Grand Bridge
- Donghai Bridge
- Manchac Swamp Bridge
- Vasco da Gama Bridge
- Tianjin Grand Bridge
- Kurushima-kai kyo Bridge
- Eko Bridge
- Carter Bridge in Lagos Island
- Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge
- Sangupiddy Bridge