Work on King Hamad Causeway between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia to begin in 2021

It's hoped the new bridge will relieve traffic on King Fahd Causeway

Work on King Hamad Causeway between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia to begin in 2021

Anyone who’s driven along King Fahd Causeway will have felt the pain of a huge traffic jam turning their simple journey into, well, a less simple one.

But regularly travellers between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia can breathe a sigh of relief as the queues could soon be a thing of the past, with work on the King Hamad Causeway set to begin in mid-2021.

The BHD1.5 billion project, which will see the 25km bridge built parallel to the current causeway, will also include two railway lines to eventually become part of the proposed Gulf Railway.

That project hopes to connect the six GCC countries, and is scheduled to be complete by 2023.

It is hoped the road, which should take three years to complete, will relieve traffic on the current causeway.

The Centre for Information and Studies in the Eastern Chamber of Saudi Arabia announced work would begin in two years earlier this week.

First proposed during a meeting between King Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa and the late King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz in September 2014, the project was signed off by Bahrain and Saudi Arabia in December 2016.

Last October, the Saudi Arabian and Bahraini governments issued a tender for consultancy services to oversee the project, and received a number of bids.

We’ll keep you updated with all the developments on the King Fahd Causeway as we get them.

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