Dubai Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) has awarded a contract for the construction of three bridges leading to Deira Islands, which will link with the existing bridge crossing the water canal. The bridges will consist of six lanes in each direction and will be built at cost of AED447m ($122m).
The contract, awarded in coordination with Nakheel, is part of road projects related to the Shandagha Roads Corridor.
RTA director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors Mattar Al Tayer said: “The project aims to improve the entrances and exits of Deira Islands at the intersection of Al Khaleej and Abu Baker Al Siddique Streets.
“The bridges span 1.6km in total. An additional 140-metre 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.”
According to Al Tayer, the project will include a two-lane bridge that will offer free-flowing traffic from Deira Islands to Al Khaleej Street northward; a three-lane bridge that will provide free traffic from Deira Islands to Al Khaleej Street southward, and a two-lane bridge, which will offer free traffic from Al Khaleej Street southward to Deira Islands.
He said that the Al Khaleej Street flyover will allow the construction of two bridges in the direction of Abu Baker Al Siddique Street in the future.
The project is expected to increase the capacity of Al Khaleej Street over 1.8km stretch from Abu Hail intersection northward to Al-Baraha Hospital southward.
Two intersections will be constructed at the intersection of Al Khaleej Street with both Abu Hail and Abu Baker Al Siddique Streets.
Nakheel’s Deira Island Project is the Dubai’s new waterfront, which will consist of four man-made islands reclaimed from the Arabian Gulf along the coast of Deira spanning 17 million m².
The project involves the construction of hundreds of hotels, furnished flats, mixed-use buildings and marinas.
Three bridges will be built at the main entrances and exits of the project crossing the water canal.
This will include two entrances at the intersections on Al Khaleej Street with Abu Baker Al-Siddique and Abu Hail Streets and the third entrance extends from Al Mina Street parallel to Port Rashid.
Image: RTA director-general and executive directors board chairman Mattar Al Tayer. Photo: Courtesy of Roads and Transport Authority.