Malaysia's Gamuda has been awarded the long-awaited contract to expand the Sitra causeway for an estimated $170 million. The company was low bidder by a considerable margin when revised prices were submitted in May by Gamuda and a team of Belgium's Six Construct with the local Haji Hassan, after original prices came in over-budget (MEED 19:5:06).
Work on the contract is due to begin in October and will take about two-and-a-half years to complete. The 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 Danish/local COWI-Almoayed is the consultant; the client is the Works & Housing Ministry. The scheme is part of a wider programme of roads construction and improvement in the kingdom aimed at easing growing traffic congestion (MEED 14:10:05).