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#NigeriaDecides: See What The Traffic Prone 3rd Mainland Bridge Looks Like On An Election Day

Lagos is a cosmopolitan city, a city that never sleeps. When it comes to activities, Lagos is the busiest place in the country. As the election is here, all vehicular movement has been suspended, shops close, road blocked, a Nigerian drone/photographer Just Debola decided to see how 3rd mainland looks like without cars since there is a restriction of vehicular movement because of the elections.

3rd mainland bridge is notorious for traffic and is always busy no matter the time you pass there, there will always be a vehicular activity on the bridge.

Third Mainland Bridge is the longest of three bridges connecting Lagos Island to the mainland, the other are the Eko and Carter bridges. It was the longest bridge in Africa until 1996 when the 6th October Bridge located in Cairo was completed. The bridge starts from Oworonshoki which is linked to the Apapa-Oshodi express way and Lagos-Ibadan express way, and ends at the Adeniji Adele Interchange on Lagos Island. There is also a link midway through the bridge that leads to Herbert Macaulay Way, Yaba. The bridge was built by Julius Berger Nigeria PLC and opened by President Ibrahim Babangida in 1990; it measures about 11.8 km in length.

The Third Mainland Bridge has very high vehicular traffic on weekdays, as many residents commute to and from the Lagos Mainland to the Island which is the commercial hub of Lagos State. Residents in Ikeja, Agboyi-Ketu, Ikorodu, Isheri, Oworonshoki, Gbagada, Yaba, Maryland and Oshodi. The Third Mainland Bridge is an essential part of Lagos' daily commuting, and as such requires to be constantly renovated. It has also come to be a major Lagos icon, offering different views of Lagos - the Lagos Lagoon, the University of Lagos Waterfront and Makoko, a shanty town built on the Lagos Lagoon.

These images show that Lagos can be this calm.







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