Contractors set to tender for floating Creek bridge

Latest Creek crossing is a six-lane floating bridge that will carry over 6000 vehicles during peak hours.

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By  Conrad Egbert Published  June 3, 2006

Contractors are expected to be invited this week to bid for the Floating Bridge project which will be constructed half a kilometre to the south of Al Maktoum Bridge on the Dubai Creek. The tenders are due to be submitted by July with construction work beginning in September this year. The project, the first of its kind in the UAE, is scheduled to be completed by March 2007. Speaking to Construction Week, insiders from Six Construct, Wade Adams and Balfour Beatty said they were waiting to be invited by the Road and Transport Authority (RTA) to bid for the project. “We received the details for the bridge a couple of months ago and are expecting to be invited anytime now,” said Philippe Dessoy, deputy general manager, Six Construct. The bridge will stretch across the surface intersection near Deira City Centre and Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, and will end at the intersection to be built on Riyadh Street between the Dubai Courts and Creek Park. The rolling segment of the bridge allows the structure to open and close at intervals of 20 minutes to allow the movement of ships across the Creek. Ferries will have a sideway passage that will not require the opening and closing of the bridge. Maitha Bin Adi, CEO of Dubai Traffic and Roads Corporation, RTA, said: “The Floating Bridge will provide an additional link between Khalid Bin Al Waleed Road and Oud Metha Road from one side and Al Ittihad Road and Deira from the other.” The holding capacity of the new bridge will be 3000 vehicles in each direction during the morning and evening peak rush hours. “The Floating Bridge will be built out of 20m-wide hollow concrete blocks that will float on water. “These kinds of bridges are widely used by the military as they can be built quickly. “The bridge is a temporary solution until the Authority successfully completes the design and construction of a permanent bridge at the same place,” added Bin Adi.

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