Tenders to be released in October 2014
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai invited contractors to prequalify for construction work on the Al Ittihad Bridge project, which will be built across the Dubai Creek. Tenders for the construction of the bridge will be released in October and construction work is expected to commence by the end of 2014.
The Al Ittihad Bridge project was launched in February 2014 to replace the existing floating bridge, with 12 lanes to be drawn on the bridge connecting Bur Dubai and Deira.
A completion period of three years has been set for the bridge project, construction tenders for which are likely to be awarded in one or more contracts. Segmental construction techniques will be required to support the designs created for the bridge, and sources suggest a 1,400m segmental twin box girder bridge will be installed on the Deira side of the project.
The bridge deck will comprise of approximately 50,000m² of segmental bridges and 40,000m² of conventional cast-in-place box girders. The bridge will also require the construction of an aesthetic steel arch, underpasses, ramps, interchanges, cut-and-cover tunnels. Additional operations will have to be undertaken for road works, utility relocations, bridge lighting, landscaping and land reclaiming.
The bridge, expected to be operational by 2018, will extend beyond Al Riyadh Road on the Bur Dubai side, and up to the Dubai-Sharjah Road, also known as the Al Ittihad Road, on the Deira side.