Emirates cancels $68m Ajman interchange tender

05 January 2010

Public Works Ministry to prepare revised design for road project

The UAE federal government’s Public Works Ministry has cancelled the tender for the estimated AED250m ($68m) contract to build a road intersection in the emirate of Ajman.

According to sources close to the project, the tender has been cancelled to allow the ministry to prepare a revised design for the project. Contractors had been preparing to submit bids on 6 January.

The original scheme involved upgrading and expanding the existing Al-Hamidiya interchange by building two underpasses to link Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid road and Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed road. The plan also involved construction of a new fly-over providing access between Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed road and Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid road.

The associated construction work included site clearance, installation of a storm water drainage network, the diversion of utilities such as water and power lines, earthwork, pavement work, road lighting, safety barriers, traffic signs and road marking.

US-based Wilbur Smith is the consultant.

The existing Al-Hamidiya interchange was built in 2004 at a cost of AED24m.

In 2008, UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan allocated AED16bn for infrastructure projects in the Northern Emirates.

The funds are being spent on improving roads, sewage and drainage systems, and schools and hospitals (MEED 20:12:09).

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