Invitation to bid for prequalification has been released by the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority to the contractors Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) for its Al Ittihad bridge project crossing Dubai Creek.
The necessary documents for prequalification are scheduled to be presented by July 23, 2014 while tenders for the construction of the 420-metre- bridge are expected to be handed out in October, and construction work to be started by the end of the year.
The project which is to be awarded in one or more contacts is expected to kick off early 2018 with the construction period which will run for over three years from the day of award. The project is proposed to substitute the floating bridge and will hold up 12 lanes of traffic linking Bur Dubai to Deira.
Designs for the bridge feature a 1,400 meter segmental twin box girder bridge on the Deira which calls for a segmental construction procedure.
The deck will consist of about 40,000 square meter of conventional cast-in-place box girders and an approximately 50,000 square meter of segmental bridges.
Along with the underpass, construction of a visual arch made of steel, interchanges, ramps, road works, utility relocations, land reclaiming and landscaping, bridge lighting and cut-and-over tunnels are also put into consideration. The bridge is said to reach beyond Al Riyadh Road on the Bur Dubai side up to the Dubai-Sharjah Road on the Deira side.