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Diversions on Dubai's SZR to start on 25 October

Phase one of Dubai Canal project includes building 16-lane bridge

A CGI of the proposed bridge across Sheikh Zayed Road.
A CGI of the proposed bridge across Sheikh Zayed Road.

Traffic diversions on Sheikh Zayed Road are to begin on 25 October to accommodate the $136mn (AED500mn) phase one part of the Dubai Canal project.

The diversions will stretch for 800m as the construction of a 16-lane bridge is carried out, which will allow the canal to flow underneath.

The plan involves construction of six temporary tracks on the western side of Sheikh Zayed Road on the landscaped area opposite Al Mazaya Centre and Emarat Atrium.

Maitha Obaid Bin Udai, CEO of RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency (TRA), told Gulf News: “Initially, traffic heading towards Abu Dhabi will be diverted to the temporary tracks. Traffic heading towards Sharjah will be shifted to the tracks that currently serve traffic towards Abu Dhabi.”

Once the traffic is diverted, work on building the first half of the 16-lane bridge will begin on the side that currently serves traffic towards Sharjah.

Once the first half of the bridge is completed, traffic towards Sharjah will be moved onto the newly constructed bridge.

“Work on the second half of the bridge will begin in the area which currently serves traffic towards Abu Dhabi. Temporary tracks will continue to serve traffic towards Abu Dhabi during the construction of the second half of the bridge,” she said.

Preliminary work on the $544mn (AED2bn) project began earlier this year, with several internal roads in Al Safa area closed and traffic diversions put in place.

Currently, most internal roads in Al Wasl area between the Business Bay Metro station and the second interchange on Sheikh Zayed Road have been made one- way.

Construction work on the 3km-long project is being undertaken by Turkish construction giants Mapa and Gunal. Work will be carried out in three phases. The second phase will involve construction of two six-lane bridges on Al Wasl Road and Jumeirah Beach, while the last phase will be the construction of the canal, which will begin following the completion of road and flyover works.

The bridge on Shaikh Zayed Road will be almost a kilometre long and raised up to 8.5m to allow luxury yachts and boats to pass through.

The canal project will connect the already extended Creek from Business Bay area all the way to Jumeirah beach, cutting through Sheikh Zayed Road, Safa Park, Al Wasl Road and Jumeirah Beach Road. 

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