Construction of three bridges that will lead to the Deira Islands will begin soon, it was announced on Saturday. The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and master developer Nakheel has awarded the contract for constructing the Dh447 million bridges project.
The 1.6km bridges will improve the entrances and exits of the Deira Islands at the intersection of Al Khaleej and Abu Baker Al Siddique streets. Another 140-metre bridge will be constructed along with a slip road at the islands. Additionally, an existing bridge will undergo improvements that include pavement, rails, traffic signs, utility lines, and street lighting.
Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA, said: "The project includes a two-lane bridge offering free-flowing traffic from Deira Islands to Al Khaleej Street northward; a three-lane bridge providing free traffic from Deira Islands to Al Khaleej Street southward; and a two-lane bridge offering free traffic from Al Khaleej Street southward to Deira Islands.
"Al Khaleej Street flyover allows the construction of two bridges in the direction of Abu Baker Al Siddique Street in the future."
The project will enhance the capacity of Al Khaleej Street over 1.8km 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 the Shandagha Roads Network," said Al Tayer.
Deira Islands is Dubai's new waterfront. It consists of four man-made islands reclaimed from the Arabian Gulf along the coast of Deira spanning 17 million square metres - rendering it the largest development project in Deira. The project comprises the construction of hundreds of hotels, furnished flats, mixed-use buildings and marinas. The new project is expected to attract about 250,000 residents and 80,000 employees.
Traffic studies indicate that the Deira Islands will generate about 110,000 journeys during peak hours, which requires a huge infrastructure of roads and public transport networks.
Where the bridges will come up
The three bridges will be constructed at the main entrances and exits of the Deira Islands crossing the water canal
> 2 entrances at the intersections on Al Khaleej Street with Abu Baker Al Siddique and Abu Hail Streets
> 1 entrance extends from Al Mina Street parallel to Port Rashid
> The flyovers and ramps to be constructed will ensure direct and free access to the artificial islands
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