DUBAI BUILDS A MAJOR DESERT HIGHWAY

This article describes the construction of a 9 M wide transpeninsular highway beginning in Dubai, and eventually linking with Shinas. Details are given of the Dubai drydock facility being built by the Costain-Taylor Woodrow joint venture, which requires 2.4M M3 of rock for the breakwaters and 1.2M tons of aggregate for concrete; the aggregates are brough in from quarriers. A new road is being constructed between these quarriers are part of the drydock contract. The first section of the road goes through sand and desert, and the second through gravel plains and foothills of the mountains. The first section requires a subbase the second does not.A hard surface is now completed all the way to Hatta, and the 150,000 M3 of subbase was obtained from 5 borrow pits along the route. Flood water courses are traversed by 18 Irish bridges and 9 culverts. Mention in made of the shortage of water and the difficulty of finding labour due to the existive conditions. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    IPC Building and Contract Journals Limited

    Surrey House, 1 Throwley Way
    Sutton, Surrey SM1 4QQ,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Walford, D
  • Publication Date: 1975-6

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  • Accession Number: 00127903
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1975 12:00AM