Bonded highway plans take off on new airport
Consultants to study options to develop unique bonded land bridge to link Dubai airports
Consultants are set to draw up plans for a unique ‘bonded’ highway, which will link Dubai International Airport with Dubai World Central in Jebel Ali.
The complex contract could require sophisticated security systems to meet international aviation codes and the road may be elevated to avoid existing road corridors.
It would allow freight to remain in a bonded state while being moved between the airports without using the existing road network.
The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has given the go-ahead for the project.
The move comes just one week after the masterplan for the massive Dubai World Central development at Jebel Ali was revealed.
The road is expected to speed-up cargo transport operations between the two airports and will be designed with the aim of reducing pressure on the city’s existing roads.
The RTA is now in the process of selecting consultants for the job. “The plans are very much in the conceptual stage, but it will just be used for cargo transport,” said RTA highway design engineer, Mudar Tayyem.
“We haven’t decided where it will be located, but it could be that it’s elevated, as there are not enough road corridors.
“But it all depends on the options that our consultants present us with.”
Dubai World Central International Airport is set to become the world’s largest passenger and cargo hub with a capacity to handle over 12 million tonnes of cargo a year.
The aim is for the road job to be finished by the time
the airport is operational, which is currently earmarked for early 2008.