Bahrain’s Minister of Transport and Communications, Kamal bin Ahmed, expected the completion of the new bridge project parallel to the King Fahd Bridge with Saudi Arabia in the next 7 years, including 5 years for the construction of a 25-kilometer-long bridge and two years for consultancy affairs, explaining that these estimates depend largely on the opinion of experts and technicians for this bridge.
The Minister said in an interview, on the sidelines of signing the consultancy contract for the new project, during the Saudi Investment Future Initiative (IFF2019) in Riyadh, that this project is a transition to “a new phase, and we are currently preparing, to prepare studies and structural specifications by experts and consultants. After that, the offering for developers to worth an estimated SAR11bn”.
He added that this project “needs a lot of study and time to review the tenders from global alliances, and we hope that this will be accomplished in the next two years, after which the developer will be appointed to the King Hamad parallel bridge, and the Saudi-Bahrain linking railway, and this adds to the great and historic relations between the two countries”.
He said that the King Fahd Causeway, which currently exists between the two countries, has an annual growing movement rate of 6%, “in the sense that in the next 8 years, the bridge will have reached its full capacity”.
He continued that the Saudi-Bahrain Causeway will be important to maintain the level of service, enhance commercial services, ensure that they are not affected, and accommodate the continued increase and growth, for the benefit of companies in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.