Italys Astaldi S.p.A, Rome, leads one bidding consortium of Italian firms, also including Spain's Ferrovial Agroman S.A., Madrid. The team led by Milan-based Impregilo S.p.A. is also Italian dominated, but also has Spains Sacyr S.A., Madrid, and Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co. Ltd., of Japan, in its ranks. Meanwhile, six international firms have till this September to bid to become the owners project manager. Among them, Bechtel International Inc. and Parsons Brinckerhoff Ltd. are bidding alone/Louis Berger S.A.S. and Parsons Inc. are in rival international groups.
Several prominent Eurpoean design firms and contractors have withdrawn from competition to construct the high-profile crossing, a dream of bridge engineers for centuries, citing insufficient time to prepare bids.