Which bridge is the longest in Nigeria?
In this post, we are going to share an updated list of the longest bridges in Nigeria and we will also highlight the longest bridge in the country as at 2022.
Here is the updated list of the longest bridges in Nigeria;
- The Third Mainland Bridge- 10.5KM
- Lekki – Ikoyi Link Bridge -1.36 KM
- Eko Bridge- 1.35 KM
- River Niger Bridge- 1,024 KM
- Old Bridge, Makurdi- 0.788 KM
- Carter Bridge- 0.53KM
1. The third mainland bridge
The third mainland bridge is the longest bridge in Nigeria spanning across 10.5 kilometers and the second largest bridge in Africa.
This bridge is located in Lagos state and it is one of the three bridges in Lagos. The 3rd mainland bridge connects Lagos mainland to Lagos island from Oworonshoki on the Lagos – Ibadan expressway.
The third mainland bridge is also known as Ibrahim Babangida Bridge but this name isn’t as popular amongst residents of Lagos state.
Of the three bridges linking the island to the mainland, the third mainland bridge provides the fastest route to the Muritala Mohammed Airport in Lagos.
You will also find the largest slum in Nigeria along the third mainland bridge as the bridge cuts across the Lagos Lagoon.
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2. Lekki – Ikoyi Link Bridge
Lekki – Ikoyi link bridge is the second most longest bridge in Nigeria at 1.36 kilometer. This bridge is the most beautiful bridge in Nigeria and you’re sure to see this beautiful sight at night.
The Lekki – Ikoyi link bridge connects Lekki phase one to the elite Ikoyi area of Lagos state. This bridge was constructed by popular construction company, Julius Berger Nigeria plc and commissioned by the then Lagos state Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola.
3. Eko Bridge
The third longest bridge in Nigeria is Eko bridge. The Eko bridge is one of the three bridges connecting Lagos island to Lagos mainland and of the three, Eko bridge is the shortest bridge in Lagos state.
This bridge was constructed between the year 1965 and 1975. And it measures at 430 meters from Ijora on the mainland to Apongbon exit on the island.
The Eko bridge was also built by the German construction company, Julius Berger Nigeria plc.
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4. River Niger Bridge
River Niger bridge is the fourth largest bridge in Nigeria. This bridge spans across 1,024 kilometers of land in the eastern region of Onitsha, Anambra state.
The river Niger bridge connects Asaba in Delta state to the very popular commercial hub in Onitsha.
This bridge was completed and commissioned by Prime Minister late Alhaji Tafewa Balewa and opened for traffic in December 1965.
The river Niger bridge is a huge historical structure because during the civil war, the Biafran soldiers in an attempt to stop the Nigerian soldiers from advancing on them destroyed the bridge.
Years later, former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan repaired the damages that were done to this bridge.
5. Old Bridge, Makurdi- 0.788 KM
At 0.788 kilometer, the old bridge, Makurdi is the fifth most longest bridge in Nigeria. The bridge consists of both a road bridge and a rail line.
Prior to its construction. the Nigeria Railway ferry service was solely responsible for transporting people and goods on the Benue via boats and such. The old bridge, Makurdi was constructed by Sir William Arrol & Co to replace the ferry services.
The old bridge, Makurdi was one of Great Britain’s projects back then during the colonial area.
6. Carter Bridge
The last of the three bridges in Lagos is the Carter bridge. This bridge is the first bridge in Nigeria making it the oldest bridge connecting Lagos island and to Lagos mainland.
The Carter bridge is the sixth most longest bridge in Nigeria and it was named after Sir Gilbert Thomas Carter, a former Governor of the Colony of Lagos. Carter bridge stands at 530 meters in length from one end to the other.
This bridge was constructed by the British colonial government prior to 1960. After Nigeria gained her independence, The Carter bridge was destroyed and built afresh in 1973.
This bridge connects Lagos island to Lagos mainland from Iddo on the mainland to Idumota on the island axis.