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Abu Dhabi's Al Salam tunnel to open in Aug 2011

AED5bn road and tunnel project aims at easing traffic congestion in the UAE capital

Abu Dhabi's Al Salam tunnel to open in Aug 2011
ABU DHABI PLAN: Part of Abu Dhabi’s 2030 plan, the road and tunnel system is aimed at easing traffic congestion in the centre of the UAE capital

Abu
Dhabi’s AED5bn ($1.36bn) Al Salam Street tunnel project is due to begin
operating in August next year, it was reported on Monday.

Abu
Dhabi's municipality said on Monday the road and tunnel network will be
operational in August 2011 and will be fully complete and open for traffic by
January 2012, according to a report on Monday by the Dow Jones Newswires.

Part
of Abu Dhabi’s 2030 plan, the road and tunnel system is aimed at easing traffic
congestion in the centre of the UAE capital.

About
1,000 workers are involved in the project, which covers a distance of 4,102m
and includes the construction of two 850m tunnels.

The
municipality and police officials began the project in a bid to improve traffic
flow on Al Salam Street and the Eastern Ring Road.

The
project is split into four contracts, the first of which runs from the
intersection of Hazza Bin Zayed Street up to Mina, according to the report.

The
bulk of the contract is being carried out by a joint venture of Samsung C&T
and Abu Dhabi's Saif Bin Darwish and will be completed by January 2012.

Turkey’s
Nurol LLC will complete its AED760m ($206.9m) contract in December and MA
Kharafi and Sons will finish its AED833m ($226.79m) contract this month, the
report added.

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