“Negotiations are still underway regarding the cost and are expected to be finalised by the end of the year, but initial estimates hover around the $3b mark. Bahrain and Qatar have already allocated a budget of $500m to start the project,” he told the paper.
Al-Jowder said a detailed design of the causeway, which incorporates a 13-metre wide railroad bridge, was currently being developed.
Work will start on the motorway and then in 2012, work will being for the railway bridge, with rail tracks being added later.
The 40km-long causeway (22km bridge and 18km embankments) will be the world’s longest marine causeway when complete.