By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter www.gulfnews.com
Dubai: His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, reviewed the Al Ittihad Bridge project that will replace the existing floating bridge, following his inauguration of Rashid Hospital Tunnels on Sunday.
The 12-lane bridge that will be built by the Roads and Transport Authority at a cost of Dh1.1 billion, will be linked directly with the Rashid Hospital Tunnels and will provide smooth flow of traffic on Ittihad Road across the Dubai Creek.
Construction work on the mega project will begin in the fourth quarter of 2014 and is scheduled to be completed in three years.
Shaikh Mohammad was briefed on the project by Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the board and executive director of RTA, as he visited the newly completed Rashid Hospital Tunnels on Sunday.
The twin tunnels with two lanes each — built at a cost of Dh720 million — stretch from Tariq Bin Ziyad Road and Umm Hurair Street, converging at the four-lane intersection on Riyadh street that was also developed as part of the project.
With a capacity to facilitate 6,000 vehicles per hour, the tunnels will ease traffic around broadcast roundabout and will make access to the floating bridge easier for hundreds of motorists. More info