Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, is a dynamic center of commerce and government located in the middle of the Arabian Peninsula on a large plateau. Amongst the most rapidly growing cities in the world, Riyadh is home to more than 5 million people.
Traffic congestion in Saudi Arabia’s capital is a growing concern for residents and visitors and a potential barrier to continued economic growth. A state-of-the-art, fully automated rapid transit system is a primary component of the Kingdom’s efforts to facilitate robust economic growth while providing Riyadh’s population with a high level of service.
WSP (formely Louis Berger), as the lead firm in a joint venture with Hill International, was awarded a contract by the Arriyadh Development Authority to provide program and construction management services for Package 3 of the Riyadh Metro project. Package 3 is an $8 billion project involving management of the design and construction of Line 4, Line 5 and Line 6, as well as 22 stations, in the new metro system. These three lines include:
- 67 kilometers of track.
- 48 kilometers of elevated alignment.
- 5.5 kilometers of mined tunnel.
- Nearly 13 kilometers of bored tunnel.
Line 4 will link to the King Khalid International Airport. Line 5 will run in a tunnel along King Abdulaziz Street, between King Abdulaziz Historical Centre and the Riyadh Airbase. Line 6 will run in a semicircle from King Abdullah Financial District, along Imam Mohamed Bin Saud University and end at Prince Saad Ibn Abdulrahman Al Awal Road.