WORKS MINISTER: ‘BIDS FOR PHASE 2 OF THE MUHARRAQ RING ROAD AND THE FOURTH FLYOVER PROJECT OPENED’
HE the Minister of Works, Municipalities Affairs & Urban Planning Eng. Essam bin Abdulla Khalaf announced the opening of bids related to the consultation services for Phase 2 of Muharraq Ring Road Project and the 4th flyover connecting Manama to Muharraq; starting from Dair- Diyar Al Muharraq and extending to Busaiteen to connect to North Manama Causeway Interchange. The Ministry is presently working on the financial and technical evaluation to the bids presented.
According to the Minister, the Ministry has initiated the tendering process for the project in response to directives from HRH the Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa to create a fourth flyover connecting Muharraq and the Capital and North Busaiteen and Bahrain Bay. The engineering designs have been presented to HRH, and he has approved of them.
The Minister revealed that phase 2 of the project is to be implemented over 3 stages, the first of which will target reclamation and levelling works. Once work starts, traffic studies will be prepared and documents covering stage 2 will also be completed. Stage 2 comprises of civil works and paving of dirt lanes. In parallel to works involved in stage 2, engineering designs for the marine flyover and the main interchange connecting to North Manama Causeway will be implemented; forming stage 3 of the project.
‘The total length of the project is 7.8km (including the 4.2km long Muharraq Ring Road and the 3.6km long fourth flyover between the Interchange of Saya Project and North Manama Causeway. A 110m wide main road will also be provided as part of the project,’ said the Minister.
‘The project aims to provide an additional link to Muharraq; serving Qalali, Dair, Samaheej, Busaiteen, Diyyar Al Muharraq, Amwaj, Dilmunia, Saya and the housing projects in the area. Future expansion to Bahrain International Airport will also take place, in addition to connecting Muharraq Ring Road to North Bahrain Ring Road,’ he added.
The fourth flyover will also connect Muharraq to Manama and the investment projects in Muharraq to the commercial areas in Manama (the Diplomatic Area, Bahrain Bay and Bahrain Financial Harbour), thus supporting economic development in Bahrain and serving economic and housing projects in North Muharraq. Also, the 4th flyover will enhance traffic to Bahrain International Airport and Khalifa bin Salman Port.
The Ministry is presently working on the completion of phase 1 of Muharraq Ring Road; starting from the entrance to Galali and Amwaj and ending at the entrance to Diyar Al Muharraq, passing through the entrances to Samaheej and Dair. The project comprises of transforming the one way road with one lane on each direction into a dual road with 3 lanes on each direction, with the possibility top add a fourth lane on each direction in the future; at the part located between the intersection of Galali and Samahaeej (at the length of 8.4km). The project will provide a high traffic volume dual road on the Eastern side of the island.
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