RTA issues map of diversions ahead of canal works
Diversions on Sheikh Zayed Road will be implemented from 25 October
With diversions on Sheikh Zayed Road for the construction of the Dubai Canal about to come into force, which will see traffic diverted to temporary lanes, the Road and Transport Authority (RTA) has taken to social media to issue a map outlining the proposed changes.
Diversions will start from 25 October, with traffic diverted in both directions from November.
The diversions will stretch for 800 metres 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.
From 25 October, traffic heading towards Abu Dhabi will be diverted to the temporary road. Traffic heading towards Sharjah will then be moved (in November) onto the road that currently serves 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.
When the first half of the bridge is completed, traffic towards Sharjah will be moved onto the newly constructed bridge.
Preliminary work on the AED2bn ($544mn) project began earlier this year, with several internal roads in the Al Safa area closed and traffic diversions put in place.
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 Sheikh 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 the Business Bay area all the way to Jumeirah beach, cutting through Sheikh Zayed Road, Safa Park, Al Wasl Road and Jumeirah Beach Road.
All construction works are set for completion by the end of September 2016.