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Minister: Kuwait's Sheikh Jaber Causeway 84% complete

Additionally, the Jamal Abdulnasser and Al-Jahraa road projects are respectively 86% and 94% complete, the country's public works minister revealed

Sheikh Jaber Causeway is on track to open in 2018, a Kuwaiti official confirmed.
Sheikh Jaber Causeway is on track to open in 2018, a Kuwaiti official confirmed.

Construction works on the Sheikh Jaber Causeway, which will link Kuwait City with Al-Sabiya City, are 84% complete, the country's top public works official said. 

Abdulrahman Al-Mutawaa, Kuwait's Minister of Public Works, added that the 36km development, stretching across Kuwait Bay, would be completed by the end of 2018. 

READ: Sheikh Jaber Causeway to open in 2018

Select "snags and obstacles" reportedly emerged during the project's implementation, Al-Mutawaa said, adding that "all necessary standards were observed to safeguard marine life". 

Additionally, the Jamal Abdulnasser Road project is 86% complete, while the Al-Jahraa Road is 94% complete. 

Meanwhile, another Kuwaiti official revealed that plans are in place to build 24 roads worth $13.2bn (KWD4bn). 

READ: Kuwait re-opens $700m Sheikh Jaber Bridge tender

While no timeline was provided for the development of these roads, Ahmad Al-Hesan, the assistant undersecretary for roads engineering at the Ministry of Public Works (MPW), said the projects would be tendered "in the coming years". 

Currently, 25 highways and bridges are being developed in the country, at a cost of $8.5bn (KWD2.6bn). 

Road development in Kuwait's southern regions has amounted to $662m (KWD200m), state news agency, KUNA, reported. 

Sheikh Jaber Causeway, a cable-stayed bridge, is a crucial component of Kuwait's 2035 Vision, and is "one of the longest cross-sea bridges worldwide", KUNA reported this July.

Worth $2.4bn (KWD738m), the development will also link Al-Sabiya City with Madinat Al-Hareer (Silk City), reducing the travel time from one hour to 15 minutes. 

The development is being implemented based on instructions issued by HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah "to turn Kuwait into a financial and commercial" centre, KUNA's July report continued.



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