RTA opens main traffic diversion on Al Wasl Road

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Source: www.rta.ae

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) opens October 31, 2014 the main traffic diversion on Al Wasl Road, nearby Al Safa Park, stretching about half a kilometer and maintaining the same number of lanes to avoid disruption of the traffic flow.

A section of the road diversion along Shaikh Zayed Road as on Friday. — KT photo by Leslie Pableo
A section of the road diversion along Shaikh Zayed Road as on Friday. — KT photo by Leslie Pableo

The detour will set the ground for commencing construction works on Phase II of the Dubai Water Canal.

Engineer Maitha bin Udai, CEO of RTA Traffic and Roads Agency, said: “Works are up and running in constructing the Dubai Water Canal and progressing according to the approved timeline. So the planned traffic diversion on Al Wasl Road, which includes the traffic flow coming from the (Jumeirah 3 and Al Saffa 1) to the (Jumeirah 2 and Al Wasl) and vice a versa to the temporary traffic diversion has been constructed with the same number of lanes, and fitted with the required traffic safety means such as traffic signals, directional signage, cautionary lights and concrete barriers. Works have also started in laying utility conduits underneath the planned Canal (mainland side) while continuing works for protecting and shifting utility lines under the detour.

In concurrence with these works, construction works will start in the bridge on Al Wasl Road in the direction of Abu Dhabi, once the traffic movement is shifted directly to the traffic diversion,” stated Maitha.

It is noteworthy that works in the Water Canal Project are divided into three phases; the first includes the construction of bridges across the Water Canal on the Sheikh Zayed Road comprising eight lanes in each direction. Such bridges rise 8 meters above the water level enabling free marine navigation in the Canal 24/7, besides undertaking several improvements in the networks of main roads intercepting the course of the Canal.

Phase II includes the construction of bridges on the Jumeirah Road and Al Wasl Road comprising three lanes in each direction of the Jumeirah Road, and two lanes in each direction of Al Wasl Road, in addition to a ramp from Al Wasl Road to Hadiqa Road in the direction of the Sheikh Zayed Road. Phase III of the project covers drilling of a 3.2 km-long canal, filling an island in the sea, building a marine wall around the island to enable preparing the sand beach, building yachts and water bus marine, and constructing three eye-catching footbridges. More info