International bids invited for 1.5km Sadiyaat Island bridge

Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), the tourism asset development arm of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, has issued an international tender for the construction of a 10-lane highway bridge linking the UAE capital with Saadiyat Island — the 27km2 natural island development in Abu Dhabi.

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By  Tim Wood Published  July 1, 2006

Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), the tourism asset development arm of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, has issued an international tender for the construction of a 10-lane highway bridge linking the UAE capital with Saadiyat Island — the 27km2 natural island development in Abu Dhabi. The tender has been issued to 10 international and local/international joint venture contractors, which pre-qualified for the US $27 billion (AED100 billion) project. Up for grabs is civil, electrical and mechanical works for a 2km freeway, connecting Abu Dhabi’s Mina Zayed area with Saadiyat Island, and the main 1.5km-long bridge and two, 200m off ramps on the island. “We anticipate making the contract award within the next two months with an eye on construction commencing in the final quarter of this year,” said Mubarak Al Muhairi, managing director, TDIC. “When complete, access provided by this main bridge will result in a five minute drive from Abu Dhabi city to Saadiyat.” Construction of the bridge — which will be the main gateway to Saadiyat Island, which is being transformed into a strategic international tourism destination — is expected to take around 36 months. “The bridge has been designed as a concrete box girder carrying five lanes of traffic in each direction as well as two future passenger rail system tracks and will be built using segmental technology,” said Lee Tabler, CEO, TDIC. Saadiyat Island will be developed in three phases until completion in 2018. A second 10-lane freeway is also planned to link Saadiyat Island with the Abu Dhabi-Dubai expressway, meaning the island will be only 25km from Abu Dhabi International Airport. TDIC is responsible for the basic infrastructure and utilities on Saadiyat Island, including bridges, primary roads, parks and community facilities to the parcel lines of individual investors and developers.

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