Local port operator DP World has awarded Bam of the Netherlands a AED63m ($17m) design and construct contract for road infrastructure at Jebel Ali Port and Free Zone in Dubai.

The 2.75 kilometres of dual carriageway will connect the port’s Container Terminal 4 (CT4) to Dubai’s existing road network. The works also include the construction of two bridges that will cross the existing gas utility corridor, drainage, lighting, signage and precast barriers.

Bam says the project is expected to take 15 months to complete, excluding the time for preliminary site investigation works.

Bam handed over phases 1, 1b and 2 at Jebel Ali Terminal 4 to DP World earlier this year. That work included the construction of 2,300 metres of quay wall, as well as a 440-metre long access bridge and a 3.5 kilometre causeway to link the new terminal being built on an island of reclaimed land to the main port.

Terminal 4 will add 3.1 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) and bring the Jebel Ali Port’s total capacity to 22.1 million TEU