Dubai Canal project bypass underway

Diversions gather steam for new highway.
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Work on the upcoming Sheikh Zayed Road diversions in Dubai is well underway with work commenced on the bypass stretch that will serve as a new artery when the current six-lane highway closes to traffic, reports Emirates 24/7.

Work on laying a new road in the direction of Abu Dhabi began on September 20, near Al Safa Park, with groundwork due for completion in the next four weeks.

Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority has previously said road diversions will take place on Sheikh Zayed Road from October 25.

The Dubai Canal project will result in Sheikh Zayed Road eventually being elevated by a bridge to allow the extension of Dubai Canal to cross on its way to the Arabian Gulf, resulting in 12 lanes of one of the busiest roads of the emirate to be temporarily shifted.

Maitha bin Udai, CEO of the Traffic and Roads Agency (TRA) at the RTA said in an earlier statement: "Abu Dhabi-bound traffic stream will be routed to the new traffic diversion, while maintaining the traffic movement outbound from the capital by diverting cars to the lanes currently directed in the direction of Abu Dhabi."

Parallel to this, the RTA will start construction works on the northern bridge in the direction of Dubai near the Metro line.

The project will extend Dubai Creek from Business Bay across Sheikh Zayed Road, through Safa Park and across the two main arteries in Jumeirah to reach the Arabian Gulf.

Construction on the Dubai Water Canal Project has been split across three phases.

The first includes the construction of bridges across the canal on Sheikh Zayed Road, comprising eight lanes in each direction.

The bridges will rise eight metres to allow free navigation of water transport vehicles in the canal.

The second phase will see the construction of bridges across the canal, across three lanes on Jumeirah Beach Road and two lanes on Al Wasl Road in each direction.

Additionally, a flyover from Al Wasl Road, linking Al Hadiqa Road in the direction of Sheikh Zayed Road will also take form.

The third and final phase will see the actual construction of the 3.2 km-long canal, with the inclusion of a beach, a marina for boats and the water bus, along with three pedestrian bridges above the canal to link the Jumeirah Beach Walk with Safa Park Walk.

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