Second River Niger Bridge, Asaba/Onitsha, Nigeria
The second Niger Bridge crosses the Niger River. It passes between the cities of Asaba (Capital of Delta State) in the west and Onitsha (Capital of Anambra State) in the east.
This is part of the Trans-African Highway that spans from Lagos in Nigeria to Mombasa in Kenya. The Trans-African Highway is the main East-West connection found within Nigeria.
This is a project by the Federal Government of Nigeria and is represented through Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.
The second Niger Bridge project is a collaboration with the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority and is broken up into three sections:
Main Bridge - 630 metres long cantilever bridge
West Approach - 755 metres long incremental launched bridge
East Approach - 205 metres long incremental launched bridge
The project falls under a Public-Private Partnership that involves the Julius Berger - NSIA Consortium. The project is under a design, finance, build, operate, and transfer (DFBOT) model.
The project cost is US$653 million, with the Federal Government of Nigeria contributing US$150 million of the amount.
This Second Niger Bridge is a key national infrastructure to Nigeria as it will bring incredible socio-economic benefits to the adjoining states and Nigeria as a whole.
Once this Second Niger Bridge is completed, it will ease traffic flow, increase opportunities for the locals, and improve road safety.
This infrastructural project will increase opportunities in the regions by regenerating the economic scene and improving the commercial viability of the immediate areas.
The scope of the second Niger Bridge includes the construction of a 10.3 kilometre highway, a 1.6 kilometre long bridge, and a toll station.
Let’s now look at some photos from the project.