Dubai's Shindagha Tunnel to be replaced by bridge
RTA says Dubai Creek-crossing will be closed in the next 3-4 years
The Shindagha Tunnel that runs under Dubai Creek is set to be replaced by a multi-lane bridge in the next three to four years.
The Roads and Transports Agency (RTA) says that the 40-year-old structure is coming to the end of its life-cycle and it would be more cost-effective to build a bridge than to maintain it.
"The tunnel's life is 50 years and it is already 40 years old. There are technologies available to enhance the life of the tunnel but these are not feasible right now," an RTA source was quoted as saying by Gulf News.
The tunnel that links Bur Dubai and Deira is one of five crossings over Dubai Creek. It is understood that the RTA is studying the new bridge project with a view to making an announcement early next year.
"Various designs and options are being studied for the project and one of the options being considered is a suspension bridge but nothing has been finalised yet," the RTA source told Gulf News. "The project is set to be announced by early next year and tenders will be opened soon after. We hope to have the new Shindagha crossing in the next three to four years."
The RTA has re-evaluated a number of its Creek crossings. It was revealed last year that the Floating Bridge will be replaced by the 12-lane Etihad Bridge.