By Sean Cronin
Road will be expanded into four lanes to cope with huge increase in traffic demand
Ascon is set to be awarded the US $16 million (AED60 million) contract to expand the Al Awir Road in Dubai.
It is understood that the contractor saw off competition from Dutco Balfour Beatty and Wade Adams to take the contract.
The Al Awir expansion is the latest in a raft of road projects to have been let by the Municipality in recent weeks.
Dubai Municipality has also selected a contractor which will be tasked with building a new waste landfill site as part of the same overall project.
Under the project, the road will be expanded into four lanes in both directions to cope with the huge growth in traffic over recent years.
Mattar Al Tayer, deputy director general of Dubai Municipality, said: “Both sides of this road and their surroundings have witnessed tremendous development over the past few years, including the construction of a AED200 million central vegetable and fruits market, Dubai International City and the used car complex, to name a few.
“Moreover, several new projects are expected to be undertaken in the area in the coming years,” added Al Tayer.The contract will cover 12 km of road beginning from Interchange 52 on the Emirates Road, and ending at the Al Awir Roundabout. Dubai Municipality is also developing a landfill project at Warsan, which will complement a waste recycling factory in the same area.
“This project is crucial for the safe disposal of domestic waste generated in the city,” explained Al Tayer.
The landfill project is expected to be completed by Feb-ruary 2006. The road will be finished by October 2006.