Dubai Road Transport Authority (DRTA) has invited companies to bid for two major new road schemes on Sheikh Zayed highway and in Al-Sufouh. The projects are among the first to be tendered under DRTA's name, which took over responsibility for road projects from Dubai Municipality in November 2005 (MEED 2:9:05).
Companies have been invited to bid by 12 February for a major junction on Sheikh Zayed highway between interchange 5 and the Gardens/Ibn Battuta mall flyover. The project involves the construction of a new interchange with at least 10 bridge structures, five of which will cross the highway. The construction period will be about two years.Once complete, the interchange will serve Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT), Jumeirah Islands and the southwestern end of Dubai Marina. Large-scale residential and commercial development in the area is expected to lead to a significant increase in traffic volumes over the next few years. De Leuw Cather International, part of the US' Parsons International, is the consultant. The DRTA has also invited companies to tender for two contracts on a road upgrade scheme in the Al-Sufouh district. The first, due on 28 January, is for packages 1 and 2 and calls for the construction of an underpass and one interchange. The contract period is 19 months. The second tender, due on 12 February, is for packages 4 and 5 and calls for the construction of a new interchange and road improvement works. The contract period is 18 months. France's MVA Systra is the consultant.
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