Denmark’s COWIconsult has the consultancy contract for the $65 million Sukkur bridge project (MEED 31:3:95). COWIconsult’s work will involve vetting the design for the project prepared by the local AA Associates, tender evaluation, preparation of contract documents and construction supervision.

The project involves building the 10-kilometre Sukkur Bypass. It includes a 1.6-kilometre, four-lane bridge over the Indus river in Sind. The bridge will replace an existing roadway on the Lloyd barrage.

The bypass will connect national highways N5 and N65. N5 is being widened into a four-lane divided highway. N65 connects Sukkur with the west. N5 is a major north to south arterial road running along the east side of the Indus river. Daily traffic across the 60-year-old barrage is estimated at 12,200 vehicles. The project is being financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Bids for the civil works contract are due to be submitted by the end of May, and the construction contract will be awarded in mid-1995.