DBBG wins race for Emirates Rd

Dutco Balfour Beatty Group wins widening deal and Taisei takes bridge project as RTA attempts to crack congestion

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By  Zoe Naylor and Conrad Egbert Published  June 24, 2006

Dutco Balfour Beatty Group has seen off competition from Wade Adams and Emirates Road Contracting to win the US $52 million (AED194 million) Emirates Road Widening contract for the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai. Construction work has begun and is due for completion in August 2007. The project comprises the widening of Emirates Road from the existing three lanes to a proposed five lanes in each direction. It will run over a total length of 35km from the Sharjah border through to the Arabian Ranches roundabout in Dubai. The additional lanes on the highway are designed to help alleviate the heavy truck congestion. “The project will help to reduce the traffic congestion on Emirates Road, which is one of the busy freeways in the region,” said Ivan Warnes, commercial manager, Dutco Balfour Beatty Group. “The project also adds auxiliary lanes and widens ramps for seven existing interchanges along Emirates Road.” The RTA has also awarded Japanese contractor, Taisei, a road project to build 13 bridges at the Arabian Ranches roundabout, which will lie on the Emirates Road and Umm Suqeim Road. Construction of the $111 million project began earlier this month and is scheduled for completion in June 2008. According to Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the board and executive director of RTA, the project is part of the department’s commitment to ease traffic congestion in Dubai. “The completion of this project at the Arabian Ranches roundabout will aid the free flow of traffic in various directions, as the bridges will facilitate the smooth distribution of traffic to areas like Car City, Dubai Studios City, Athenopolis and Arabian Ranches.” The work will also involve the expansion of Umm Suqeim Road from four to eight lanes.

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