RTA invites letters of interest

The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has invited contractors to submit their letters of interest for the construction of the US $817 million (AED3 billion) 'sixth crossing'.

The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has invited contractors to submit their letters of interest for the construction of the US $817 million (AED3 billion) 'sixth crossing'.

Following the submission, a list of pre-qualified contractors will be announced.

The new bridge - which is billed to become the longest arched bridge in the world - will be named Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Crossing.

According to sources close to the project, this is the second time contractors have been invited to register their interest, as the RTA failed to attract a single bidder at the first round.

"No company got back to them the first time so they've asked us to submit our interests again," said the source.

"But I still don't think we're going to go for it as we don't have the resources at the moment and there is too much at stake currently in the market.

The RTA was unavailable for comment.

The new bridge, which will link Al Jaddaf at Bur Dubai with the road separating the Lagoons project and Dubai Festival City, will provide entry and exit points for the Creek Island on which the opera house will be constructed.

The project will take four years to be built and will include 12 lanes, six in each direction, a 3m-wide pedestrian walkway and a track for the Dubai Metro in the middle.

The bridge will be 1,600m long and 64m wide. The arch will rise 205m and will extend 667m.

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