Bahrain-Saudi causeway expansion to start early 2011

New plan includes two artificial islands and will see a huge increase in traffic lanes.
Bahrain-Saudi causeway expansion to start early 2011
QATAR CAUSEWAY: The $3bn bridge linking the two nations has been beset with problems. (Getty Images)
By Shane McGinley
Sun 08 Aug 2010 09:53 AM

Work is due to start next year on the expansion of the King Fahad Causeway linking Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, which will enable the connection to handle up to 100 million passengers a year, according to a report on Sunday.

A new long-term plan, which will include the construction of two artificial islands, each 400,000 square metres in size, was launched on Saturday, according to a report by the Bahrain-based Gulf Daily News.

One of the artificial islands will be located on the Bahrain side of the causeway and the other will be in the Saudi side, the report added.

Saleh Al Khileiwi, saudi customs manager and King Fahad Causeway director-general, told reporters that tenders for the project will soon be issued.

Preparatory work on the causeway began in 1968 and construction commented in 1981. The latest construction work will include 48 lanes for incoming and outgoing traffic, according to the report.

Al Khileiwi said this will represent an increase of 167 percent and it is aimed that the causeway will be able to accommodate up to 100 million passengers a year when complete. A waiting yard, which can accommodate up to 400 trucks at a time, will also be constructed on each side of the causeway.

A consultative company has been assigned to prepare a comprehensive study to develop the causeway in the next twenty years and work is due to commence at the start of next year, the report added.

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