An award is expected by the end of the year for the two construction supervision contracts covering the estimated $110 million, 65.5-kilometre-long highway project from Beirut to Masnaa.

The client, the local Council for Development & Reconstruction (CDR), is evaluating bids from seven consultants bidding for the package covering a 15-kilometre section from Mdeirej to Chtoura and on to Taanayel. The Saudi Fund for Development is funding the package. Construction is expected to take five years.

Five international consultants have bid for a second package, which will see the construction of the 10.5-kilometre Taanayel-Masnaa section. The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing funding. Construction is expected to take four years.

The local Khatib & Alami (K&A)has already been appointed as construction supervisor on two sections on the package covering the Hazmieh-Saoufar highway. The company will supervise the four-kilometre section from Hazmieh to Jamhour and a six-kilometre section from Bhamdoun to Saoufar. K&A is also the design consultant. The Kuwait fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) will provide funding.