Dubai Canal: Traffic changes to Sheikh Zayed Road; Jumeirah-Safa links revealed



The Board of Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), chaired by Mattar Al Tayer, RTA Chairman of the Board and Executive Director, has awarded the contract for Phase I of Bridges & Roads Network of the Dubai Water Canal Project to a Turkish firm – Jonal Company – in a contract worth Dh500 million.

Upon completion of the final phase the project will link Dubai Creek with the Arabian Gulf via the Canal which will to pass under the Sheikh Zayed Road, and across Al Safa Park, Jumeirah 2 and continue up to the Arabian Gulf near the southern part of the Jumeirah Beach Park.

Phase 1

“Phase 1 of the project, awarded to the Turkish Jonal Company comprises the construction of a bridge across the Sheikh Zayed Road passing above the waterway enabling free navigation 24|7, besides modifying the path of impacted roads in a way ensuring integrated traffic flow between the two sides of the new Canal.

“An 800-metre long sector of the Sheikh Zayed Road will be impacted by the project which also includes the shifting of the existing utility lines impacted by the course of the Canal, as well as undertaking lighting and water fountains works on the bridge,” Al Tayer said.

Traffic diversions

Al Tayer added that the RTA had mapped out a comprehensive plan for the traffic diversion in order to ensure a smooth traffic movement.

“The engineering design of the temporary traffic diversion will conform to all specifications of permanent roads in terms of engineering design, leveling of the surface and asphalt, and the provision of sufficient lighting matching to the designed road speed to ensure the safety of all road users.

“During the diversion stage, the same number of the existing lanes will be maintained in order to avoid any negative repercussions on the current traffic volumes, thus avert any potential additional congestions or delay as a result of the construction works.

The contractor’s work site will be fully separated by means of high barriers to suppress the amount of noise or inconvenience to road users as well as residents of the neighbourhood in as much as possible,” Al Tayer said. More info