Nigeria’s first cable stayed bridge, the 1.3km-long Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge in Lagos has opened amid controversy over toll charges.
Designed, engineered and built by Lagos-based Julius Berger, the landmark construction project in the south west corner of the country links the two upmarket areas of Ikoyi to the north west and Lekki to the south east.
Spanning the main tributary of the Lagos Lagoon which runs into the Gulf of Guinea, the structure consists of a 722m- long full span approach bridge on the Lekki side, and a 635m long cable-stayed bridge on the Ikoyi side.
The cable stayed section is supported from a 91m-tall A-shaped pylon. The bridge, which cost N29 billion (£120M) to build is currently at the centre of a legal spat over the cost of toll charges.
The ongoing case began late last year when a Nigerian lawyer filed a suit against the Lagos State Government seeking an injunction restraining it from collecting tolls from motorists, arguing that motorists were exempt from tolls as the bridge spans a “Federal navigable waterway”.