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Bahrain causeway to finish ahead of deadline - official

US$260m North Manama Causeway will open ahead of July 2013 deadline

Bahrain causeway to finish ahead of deadline - official
The North Manama Causeway should be completed in the first half of next year.

Bahrain’s
US$260m North Manama causeway project is likely to be completed ahead of its July 2013
deadline, according to government officials.

The
development, which is one of the Gulf state’s biggest infrastructure projects,
should be completed in the first half of next year and part opened for traffic
in the next few months, Gulf Daily News has reported.

“All
indications are that the project will finish before time,” said Bahrain’s
public works minister Essam Khalaf.

“At the rate
at which it is going, a part of it could be open for traffic in the next few
months.”

The
contract, which was awarded to Belgium’s Besix Group in 2010, includes building
Bahrain's 2.4km North Manama causeway and upgrading the King Faisal
highway and al-Fateh junction.

Work was
temporarily suspended last April amid the political unrest in Bahrain, but is
since thought to have continued without disruption.

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