Dubai: RTA awards $41m Deira Islands bridge deal

RTA chief Mattar Al Tayer said 22% of construction work for the Deira Palm Island Entrance Bridge has been completed, with full completion expected by the end of 2016

Deira Palm Island Entrance Bridge is a part of Nakheel's Deira Islands development.
Deira Palm Island Entrance Bridge is a part of Nakheel's Deira Islands development.

Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) confirmed it has awarded a deal for construction works at the city's Deira Palm Island project. 

Contract scope includes the construction of the Deira Palm Island Entrance Bridge, and opening the waterway underneath the bridge to serve a planned marina, and the new fish market. 

The total value of the deal is worth $40.8m (AED150m).

The project also includes opening the waterway by removing about two million cubic meters of drilling materials at the three reclamation points, and constructing the side walls of the canal up to the marina of the fish market. 

Other operations include lighting, sewage and asphalt works, protecting and shifting existing utility lines, and extending service lines through bridges.

Nakheel started infrastructure and maritime works on the islands by completing the entrance to the western bridge, and linking it in the direction of the marina and fish market. 

Mattar Al Tayer, director general and chairman of the board of executive directors of RTA, inspected project progress, which includes the construction of a temporary entrance to Deira Islands and opening the waterway. 

He said: "The contractor has completed about 20% of the project works where about 320,000 cubic metres of earth materials have been removed from the filling areas, and the 32 meter-wide temporary water canal has been opened.

"Construction works have exceeded 22% on the bridge, and construction works in the project are expected to be completed in the last quarter of this year.

"Following the opening of the bridge, works would begin in removing the last filling works to clear the way for opening of the waterway [entirely]," Al Tayer added. 

Deira Islands, considered the biggest development project being carried out in the locality, encompasses the construction of hotels, hotel apartments, multi-purpose buildings and marinas.


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