Tenders float for Bahrain Harbour roads network

First-phase reclamation deals are offered for highway links on new financial development

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By  Conrad Egbert Published  October 15, 2005

The Works and Housing Ministry has invited tenders for the first phase reclamation of a strategic network of highways linking the new Bahrain Financial Harbour, said Essam Khalaf, assistant under-secretary for roads . “The new network will comprise three bridges that will help regulate the flow of water and maritime traffic,” he said. “Its first phase, a six-lane extension of the Al Fateh Highway connecting the Harbour project, will ease congestion in northern Manama. “The extension to the north of the Al Fateh Highway will turn west and run parallel to King Faisal Highway,” he added. Reclamation work is expected to begin next month and is due to be completed by April 2006, while the highway itself is expected to be opened in March 2007. “It will ease traffic on King Faisal Highway ahead of the completion of the Harbour project and the World Trade Centre,” said Khalaf. “It follows a long-term strategy which includes the building of the Seef and Pearl Roundabout flyovers.” “Studies show that 200 000 vehicles use King Faisal Highway every day; and more than 30 000 vehicles per day are expected to enter the Financial Harbour once it is completed,” Khalaf added. “These developments are needed to keep the traffic flow manageable,” he said. Khalaf also said that the next phases would include highways leading to other projects in northern Manama as well as Busaiteen.

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