King Abdul Aziz Road (KAAR)

Location:
Saudi Arabia
Client:
COWI
Value:
1.75 Billion USD
Completion:
June 2017 (expected)
Services:
Highway, Road & Infrastructure Design, Traffic & Engineering Studies

Description:

King Abdul Aziz Road (KAAR) Project is one of the most important development projects of an ambitious Government program to be implemented in Makkah by Umm Al Qura for Development and Construction Company.

The KAAR development fully supports the Government’s strategic plans to rehabilitate some of the least developed districts in the city, upgrading the existing infrastructure, creating a major movement axis in Makkah, supporting a prominent gateway to the Holy City, specifically the Haram Area and deploying future transportation technologies. KAAR project is a unique urban theme to support religious, social and commercial activities all year round.

The project is located in the western region of Makkah, extending 3,650 m from the western entrance of the Grand Mosque leading to Jabal Omar. The total area of the project is around 1.2 Km².

The project works include 9 Km of roads, a 60m wide pedestrian boulevard, public realm, street furniture, retail facilities, landscape and hardscape, 4 multi-story public parking structures, bridges, overpasses, underpasses, highway structures, retaining walls, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) facilities/infrastructure, metro stations and lines (core and shell) and utilities including water distribution and collection systems, firefighting system, storm drainage system, electrical, mechanical and telecommunication networks.

Scope:

SETS scope of services includes the following main items:

  1. Highway and Road Design
  2. Utilities Design
  3. Temporary Road and Utility Diversions
  4. Review of Traffic Impact Assessment and Crowd Massing Studies
  5. Stakeholder and Interface  Management