Prices were opened in late December from four bidders for the contract to expand the Sitra causeway. The client is the Works&Housing Ministry; the Danish/local COWI-Almoayedis the consultant (MEED 16:9:05).

A team of Belgium’s Six Constructwith the local Haji Hassanis low bidder at BD 66.7 million ($175.5 million) for the main bid, followed by Malaysia’s Gamudaat BD 69.9 million ($183.9 million). The other bidders are France’s Bouyguesand Japan’s Kajima Corporation. Gamuda and Bouygues both offered alternative bids.

The long-awaited project calls for the construction of two new concrete bridges with lengths of 200 metres and 400 metres, and embankments with a total length of 2.4 kilometres, adjacent to the existing causeway. The road will initially be widened to three lanes in each direction, with the possibility of a future expansion to four. The project is aimed at alleviating worsening congestion on the route.