Second Garhoud bridge tender call is imminent

New roads are given top priority at Dubai Municipality in a bid to prevent total gridlock

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By  Sean Cronin Published  October 1, 2005

Dubai Municipality has fast-tracked a plan to build a second Garhoud Bridge at an estimated cost of around US $163 million (AED600 million). It is part of a wider plan to rapidly increase the number of lanes crossing the Creek from around 13 at present up to 36 in total. Tenders for the contract are currently being prepared and could be issued within three months. The project is one of several road jobs to be fast-tracked on the personal instruction of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence. And Dubai Municipality has set aside a $816 million war chest for spending on road infrastructure in the coming year. It is expected to have a massive impact on relieving the current traffic congestion in the area. And it is just one of a raft of road jobs that will be tendered in the coming months designed to cope with the huge projected increase in traffic. In an exclusive interview with Construction Week, Dubai Municipality deputy director general, Mattar Al Tayer, said: “Maybe there will be more road construction in the coming three years than in the last five or six years. “As you know the population is increasing rapidly and so we need to improve our [transport] infrastructure.” He added: “Sheikh Mohammed is giving us direction to upgrade transport in general and roads in particular, and to immediately reduce the design and construction period of major projects coming up soon.” The existing Garhoud Bridge is a key link across the Creek and a notorious traffic bottleneck. The new single span structure will be between 15m and 16m in diameter, adding six more lanes across the Creek. Traffic in Dubai has been increasing at an alarming rate in recent years with the total number of registered vehicles rising from around 350 000 in 2000 to around 500 000 today. (see page five)

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