The estimated AED 636 million ($173 million) contract, which is the third package on the scheme, covers the construction of an 850-metre-long bridge with a central span of 150 metres. The main bridge will be a composite structure comprising central asymmetric arch ribs supporting pre-stressed concrete box girder decks.

The third crossing will connect Abu Dhabi island to the mainland at the northern end of the Maqta channel. The four-lane, dual-carriageway road bridge will link up with the inter-emirates highway in Dubai.

Package 1, worth AED 157 million ($49 million), is being carried out by the local Al-Jaber Transport & General Contracting Establishment and Six Construct of Belgium. It involves the construction of a 350-metre-long bridge over the Umm al-Nar roundabout and a bridge link to the existing Maqta bridge (MEED 5:1:01).

The local Hilalco is carrying out work on the second package under a AED 107 million ($29 million) contract awarded in November 2001. It covers the construction of approach roads and an interchange with the eastern ring-road.

The civil and structural engineer is the UK’s High-Point Rendel.