Contractors pledge to make up for delays to Bahrain flyover projects

Contractors building the new Central Market flyover in Bahrain have pledged to make up for a delay.

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By  Rhys Jones Published  April 24, 2004

Contractors building the new Central Market flyover in Bahrain have pledged to make up for the delay caused by a court injunction and complete the project on time early next year. The North Manama Corridor Improvement project, which is being built north of the existing Central Market (Pearl) roundabout has been delayed for around four months. The project was delayed when Batelco filed a case claiming construction work would damage the International Fibre Optic Gulf Telecommunication cable in the area, which delayed reclamation work north of the roundabout. However, the dispute was resolved when all parties agreed to the temporary solution of protecting the first 150 metres of the cable by sandfill. The US $25.8 million contract to build the Central Market and Seef flyovers, was earlier awarded to Cebarco-WCT and Cebarco Bahrain chairman & CEO, Khalid Abdul Rahim said every effort was being made to finish the work on time. “More than 300 people are working on the projects and the Central Market flyover has three bridges and the Seef flyover has two,” said Rahim. “We have promised the client, the Works and Housing Ministry, that work will be carried out at a faster rate to ensure that the four-month hold-up will not affect the work schedule,” he added. Meanwhile, Works and Housing Minister, Fahmi Al Jowder has inspected the construction works on Seef Flyovers, the Muharraq housing projects west of Bahrain International Airport and Sheikh Khalifa Causeway. He was accompanied by the Ministry’s under-secretary, Nayef Omar Al Qalali and other senior officials. The Seef flyover will replace the Al Seef roundabout and construction work on the flyover started in March last year. Qalali earlier said both flyovers would be ready for traffic by March 2005. This time frame, however, is now likely to be revised because of the delays.

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