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RTA's Abu Dhabi-bound Canal bridge to open 1 July

RTA has "effectively completed all works listed under Phase I of Dubai Water Canal," HE Mattar Al Tayer said as he remarked on the Sheikh Zayed Road project

Dubai Water Canal's Abu Dhabi-bound bridge will open on 1 July. [Image: Dubai Media Office]
Dubai Water Canal's Abu Dhabi-bound bridge will open on 1 July. [Image: Dubai Media Office]

Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will open an Abu Dhabi-bound bridge on the Sheikh Zayed Road on 1 July. 

The bridge, which forms part of the Dubai Water Canal's initial phase, comprises eight lanes, two of which will be opened later in the same month.

The structure rises 8.5m above water level allowing free navigation in the Canal around-the-clock.

Remarking on the project, HE Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors at RTA, said: "By opening the southern bridge, RTA has effectively completed all works listed under Phase I of the Dubai Water Canal Project, which comprises the construction of an 800m-long bridge on the Sheikh Zayed Road.

"It also includes modifying the route of affected roads to ensure integrated traffic movement between the two sides of the Canal besides shifting the affected utility lines.

“This bridge is characterised by a unique design with waterfalls flowing from the top, and smart lighting fixtures controlled through a dedicated app that is supported by a database for tracking lighting conditions, and sharing information and operational commands.

"Full coverage is provided all over the place enabling RTA to interact with the social media through 3G technology," Al Tayer added. 

RTA opened Al Wasl Road Bridge earlier this month, Dubai Media Office reported.

"Traffic flow on the bridge has improved massively, thus facilitating the movement of motorists from Jumeirah 1 to Jumeirah 2 and 3 as well as Al Hadiqa Road and vice versa," Al Tayer said.

"About 50,000 vehicles now use the bridge every day."

Work is also progressing on Jumeirah Bridge, where contractors are currently applying finishing touches to the project for a July opening. 

"Once the three bridges crossing the Canal are open, the contractor of Phase III will complete the Canal digging works underneath the bridges, besides building quay walls of the Canal, constructing three footbridges linking the two banks of the Canal at distinctive locations, and setting up 10 marine transit stations," Al Tayer said. 

"Jobs also include landfilling works to build a synthetic peninsula along the Jumeirah Park that will double the beach line of the Park, increasing the park area, and making room for more leisure activities."

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