Dubai Municipality released in late August the tender for the main package to build a third bridge connecting Bur Dubai to Deira across Dubai creek. Companies have been given until 23 October to submit proposals to build the 12-lane Ras al-Khor Bridge. The bridge project has been designed to ease traffic between Bur Dubai, Deira and Sheikh Zayed highway (MEED 5:12:04).
The main package, valued at about AED 351 million ($95 million), covers the bridge superstructure, a new interchange and an associated tunnel. The bridge will be part of a 15-kilometre road corridor linking Dubai International Airport to Sheikh Zayed highway. It will have a clearance height of 19 metres. The structure, to be located 1.5 kilometres to the east of the Al-Garhoud bridge next to Dubai Festival City (DFC), will be tendered in three packages. The second tender, due out in late October, calls for the construction of two new interchanges on the Deira side, road upgrading and associated works. The third-phase works, which are still in the design stage, will cover a further four interchanges on the Bur Dubai side. Dubai Municipality expects to issue tenders for the final package by early December. Work on the main package is due to begin by the end of the year with the project scheduled for completion by late 2006. The US' De Leuw Cather International, which carried out the feasibility studyand traffic impact study for the project, is acting as consultant.
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