The local/Belgian Bel Hasa Six Constructis the low bidder for the main package, covering the bridge structure, on the Ras al-Khor crossing project in Dubai, following the opening of three bids by the client, Dubai Municipality. The venture's main price of AED 387.9 million ($106 million) is 8 per cent cheaper than the next lowest quote, offered by the local/UK Dutco Balfour Beatty. The other bidder is the local affiliate of Cyprus-based Joannou & Paraskevaides (J&P). Bidding is also under way for a second package on the estimated $300 million development, covering the access roads on the Deira side of the creek (MEED 10:9:04).
The main package covers construction of the 12-lane bridge structure, a new interchange and a tunnel. The bridge, which will have a clearance height of 19 metres, will be part of a 15-kilometre corridor linking Dubai International Airport to Sheikh Zayed highway. The Ras al-Khor crossing, to be located 1.5 kilometres to the east of the Al-Garhoud bridge next to Dubai Festival City (DFC), is being tendered in three packages. Bids for the second package, covering the access on the Deira side, are due on 5 December. Package 2 involves the construction of 18 bridges and an underpass, road upgrading and associated works. The third-phase works, which are expected to be issued for tender in early December, will cover four interchanges on the Bur Dubai side. The project, due to be completed in late 2006, is aimed at easing traffic congestion across the creek. The US' De Leuw Cather International, which carried out the feasibility and traffic impact studies for the project, is acting as consultant. The municipality is planning further bridge work in the area, with plans being drawn up to expand Al-Garhoud bridge.
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