Alaro city to commission eight-lane road
Alaro City, an integrated, mixed-use city planned in the Lekki Free Zone of Lagos State is set to commission the first Africa’s privately-owned eight-lane road.
The road, nicknamed Alaro boulevard, which is near completion, would be the widest privately owned road in Africa and marks another historic milestone for Lagos’ new city.
Currently under construction, the boulevard symbolises the remarkable infrastructure development in Africa and Alaro City’s economic strength within the Lekki Free Zone.
Speaking during a tour of the city, Alaro City’s Construction Manager, Femi Akindele, said the road, which is the second of four major access points from the Lekki-Epe Expressway into the city, adopts the best global standards with storm drainage and greenery systems, as well as cycling and pedestrian lanes.
“Same as everything else we are building here, our main boulevard, which is being constructed by Craneburg, meets the highest international standards and will be seen as a model by other players in the industry.
“Our second major road, the main boulevard also plays a critical role in creating access to several parts of the city’s residential, commercial, and light industrial zones,” Akindele said.
Also, the Managing Director of Alaro City, Yomi Ademola, said the location of the new city was strategically chosen to contribute to national and economic growth. “Citizens of Alaro City, be they businesses or residents, will benefit from the air and sea ports, as well as other significant surrounding infrastructure.
He said: “These economic growth machines, on the other hand, will also benefit from their proximity to Alaro City because we are positioned to provide critical supporting amenities – businesses, homes, schools, shops and green space – for their operations.”
Alaro City, which broke ground in 2019, is planned on 2,000 hectares in the North West Quadrant of the Lekki Free Zone. The free zone is host to the new seaport commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari, as well as the Lekki International Airport, recently approved for construction.
The city is designed to accomodate industrial and logistics workspaces, complemented by offices, homes, schools, healthcare facilities, hotels, entertainment buildings, parks and open spaces. Seen as a model for public-private partnerships, which is a key focus for the Lagos State Government, Alaro City is a joint venture between Rendeavour, Africa’s largest new city builder, and Lagos State, the economic and financial center of Nigeria.
More than 60 local, regional and global companies are operational or under development in Alaro City, signaling the city’s rapid infrastructure rollout since development started in 2019. Notable companies include sited these BUA Group, Kenol FZE, HMD, Mantrac Caterpillar, Ariel Foods, Sana Group and Sterling Healthcare, among others.