Main players fight for new road deal

Dutco Balfour Beatty, Wade Adams and Bin Hafeez jostle for major new interchange at Dubai Marina

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By  Angela Giuffrida Published  January 28, 2006

Dutco Balfour Beatty, Wade Adams and Bin Hafeez are among the companies chasing the estimated US $177 million (AED 650 million) contract to build a new Interchange at Dubai Marina. Interchange 5 ½ is one of a series of major road projects planned by Dubai Municipality to ease escalating traffic problems in the city. It will also serve the projected traffic from developments close to Dubai Marina, such as Jumeirah Lake Towers. The tendering process for the project, which is expected to take two years to build, will close on 12th February. But Odebrecht, Al Naboodah and Six Construct have confirmed that they’re not competing for the deal. “We’re too busy working on other projects,” said Martin Matthew from Six Construct. “We’ve just been shortlisted for the new Garhoud Bridge, plus we’re tendering for major jobs such as the Ras Al Khor crossing and the new runway at Abu Dhabi Airport.” Work on Interchange 5 got under way in July last year. The $71 million contract was awarded to Wade Adams. Dutco has also submitted a bid for the third phase of the Ras Al Khor road development, which will eventually link up Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Festival City, Dubai International Airport and the Northern Emirates across the fourth creek crossing. Phase three will involve access to the Creek bridge crossing on the Bur Dubai side.

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