The first two phases of the Jamarat Bridge project in Mina have been completed and will be handed over to the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs tomorrow according to informed sources, the Arab News reported today.
The handover comes two weeks before the Hajj, which is expected to begin December 29. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from around the world have already arrived in Makkah for the annual pilgrimage.
The Kingdom undertook the $1.12 billion project as part of its efforts to avoid stampedes and crowding in the Jamarat area.
When it is fully complete, the new four-level bridge will accommodate more than three million pilgrims at a time. It will have 10 entrances and 12 exits distributed over the four levels plus the ground floor, which will be used by pilgrims coming from the east, who account for the majority of the crowd. The new bridge will also include two helipads for speedy evacuation in the event of an accident.