Construction of major SZR diversion starts July 26

Diversion affects Dubai's biggest and busiest highway.
An artist's impression of the bridge that will carry SZR over Dubai Canal.
An artist's impression of the bridge that will carry SZR over Dubai Canal.

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Construction of a major diversion on Sheikh Zayed Road for the Dubai Canal project will start on July 26, reports Gulf News.

The diversion itself will be ready and open to traffic at the end of October, according to the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA).

The RTA also assured motorists that the flow of traffic on the six-lane highway in Dubai will not be affected.

The Dubai Canal project is extending Dubai Creek from Business Bay to the Arabian Sea in Jumeirah.

A one kilometre stretch of road from Business Bay Metro station to Interchange 2 will be diverted on both sides of the road in phases.

Nabeel Mohammad Saleh, acting CEO of the RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency, said the first phase of diversions will be implemented on Sheikh Zayed Road from Dubai towards Abu Dhabi near Safa Park area as part of the completion of the canal project.

He added: “As for the traffic coming from Abu Dhabi to Dubai, the traffic will be retained on Sheikh Zayed Road while diverting it to the lanes currently available towards Abu Dhabi.

“In parallel, works will commence on the implementation of the Northern Bridge towards Dubai on Sheikh Zayed Road near the [Business Bay] Metro station on the side of the work area after diverting the traffic.”

Dubai Canal is expected to be ready by September 2016 and the three-kilometre canal will run across Sheikh Zayed Road, a side of Safa Park, Al Wasl Road and Jumeirah Beach Road before emptying into the sea.

The project will include malls, hotels, restaurants, walkways, pedestrian and traffic bridges, and marine transport and leisure facilities.

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