RTA opens Sheikh Zayed Road diversion
Permanent diversion will be in place throughout Dubai Canal build
Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has opened the main traffic diversion on Sheikh Zayed Road following the full completion of works near Al Safa Park.
Traffic heading towards Dubai is being diverted while maintaining the same number of the existing lanes in order to ensure smooth and safe traffic flow.
A permanent traffic diversion will be in place throughout the construction of the Dubai Canal project, which started with the construction of a bridge on Sheikh Zayed Road.
Engineer Maitha bin Udai, CEO of RTA Traffic and Roads Agency, confirmed that works had started in constructing the northern bridge in the direction of Dubai on Sheikh Zayed Road near the metro line having diverted the traffic directly from Abu Dhabi to Dubai.
The mega project has been divided into three phases designed and constructed by the RTA. And works have been divided into three contracts; the first for constructing bridges across the water canal on the Sheikh Zayed Road comprising eight lanes in each direction, rising eight metres above the water level to ensure free navigation in the Canal round-the-clock.
The second contract covers the construction of bridges across the water canal on Jumeirah Street comprising three lanes in each direction, and on Al Wasl Street comprising two lanes in each direction in addition to a ramp linking Al Wasl Street with Al Hadiqa Street in the direction of the Sheikh Zayed Road.
The third contract covers canal course digging works stretching more than 3km in parallel with the refilling of an Island in the sea and constructing a marine wall around the canal to enable preparation of the sand beach, besides constructing marinas for yachts and the water bus.
The RTA also plans to build three pedestrian bridges at prominent locations with an eye-catching engineering design to ease the public movement and at the same time encourage mass and tourist transport.