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Fri 17 Nov 2006 08:00 PM

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Besix low-bids Al Ittihad

Besix is in poll position to land the US $130 million (AED480 million) contract for a major road improvement to the main Dubai-Sharjah highway.

The Belgian contractor is low bid on the widening of the Al Ittihad Road – currently one of the worst traffic bottlenecks in Dubai and the main commuter artery into the emirate.

Cypriot firm J&P submitted a bid of $158 million while Shimizu tendered $161 million.

The contract will cover the widening of the existing road, the construction of a new underpass and an extension of an existing underpass. It is expected to take 22 months to complete the project.

Once the contract is awarded, Besix expects work to begin in January of next year. This will involve extending the existing underpass at the Galadari roundabout, the building of a new overhead bridge, together with one further underpass at Al Mulla plaza.

In addition, the Al Ittihad Road will be widened by one lane on each side, to improve traffic flow, and will continue right up to the Sharjah border.

Phillipe Dessoy, deputy general manager of Besix’s subsidiary Six Construct, said: “The award is not expected before January and the start of work will be two or three weeks after that.”

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