Dubai's RTA awards $122m Deira Islands bridge contracts
Traffic studies have found Deira Islands will generate 110,000 journeys during peak hours
Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has awarded $121.7m (AED447m) in contracts to build three bridges connecting Nakheel’s Deira Islands.
According to a Dubai Media Office (DMO) statement, the bridges will link with the existing bridges crossing the water canal, each made up of six lanes in each direction.
They will be constructed at the main entrances and exits of the 17km2 beachfront development, including two entrances at the intersections on Al Khaleej Street with Abu Baker Al-Siddique and Abu Hail Streets.
The third entrance extends from Al Mina Street parallel to Port Rashid, with flyovers and ramps also to be built to ensure direct and free access to Deira Islands, made up of four man-made islands along Deira’s coast.
DMO said traffic studies have indicated the mega-project will generate about 110,000 journeys during peak hours, requiring huge infrastructure of roads of public transport networks.
“The bridges span 1.6km in total”, said HE Mattar Al Tayer, director general and chairman of the board of executive directors of RTA, speaking on the news. “An additional 140m bridge will be constructed together with a slip road on Deira Islands side. The existing bridge will also undergo improvements including re-pavement, rails, traffic signs, utility lines, and street lighting.”
“The project will enhance the capacity of Al Khaleej Street over a 1.8km stretch from Abu Hail intersection northward to Al-Baraha Hospital southward. Two signalised intersections will be added at the intersection of Al Khaleej Street with both Abu Hail and Abu Baker Al Siddique Streets. These improvements are part of future improvements of Shindagha Roads Network.”
The bridge works are being carried out in line with the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to implement road projects related to Shindagha Roads Corridor, DMO added.