Sheikh Zayed Road diversions to start 25 October

Traffic "will not be disturbed", says RTA chief.
Watch our for diversions on Sheikh Zayed Road starting in October.
Watch our for diversions on Sheikh Zayed Road starting in October.


Traffic diversions on Sheikh Zayed Road will start on 25 October as work on phase one of the Dubai Canal project escalates.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced the plans on Saturday, which will accommodate the construction of a 16-lane bridge on Sheikh Zayed Road, allowing the canal to flow underneath.

The diversions will stretch for more than 800 metres.

Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the Board and Executive Director of RTA, recently inspected the canal works.

He revealed work to divert all utility lines underneath the area of construction is about to be completed and construction of additional lanes on Sheikh Zayed Road to facilitate smooth diversion of traffic will begin in July.

Phase one of the project – which costs AED500mn ($136mn) involves construction of a 16-lane flyover and work on the flyover will begin only when traffic on Dubai’s busiest road is diverted smoothly.

“Traffic on Sheikh Zayed Road will not be disturbed. The diversions are being planned in a way that the movement of traffic continues to be free-flowing. The same number of temporary tracks will be built that are currently available onShaikh Zayed Road, following which work on the construction of the flyover will begin,” Maitha Obaid Bin Udai, CEO of RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency (TRA), told Gulf News.

The detailed diversion plan involves construction of six temporary tracks on the western side of Sheikh Zayed on the landscaped area opposite Al Mazaya Centre and Emarat Atrium.

Explaining the diversion plan she added: “Initially, traffic heading towards Abu Dhabi will be diverted to the temporary tracks. Traffic heading towards Sharjah will be shifted to the tracks that currently serve traffic towards Abu Dhabi.”

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Once the traffic is diverted, work on building the first half of the 16-lane bridge will begin on the side that currently serves traffic towards Sharjah. And when the first half of the bridge is completed, traffic towards Sharjah will be moved on to the newly constructed bridge.

“Work on the second half of the bridge will begin in the area which currently serves traffic towards Abu Dhabi. Temporary tracks will continue to serve traffic towards Abu Dhabi during the construction of the second half of the bridge,” she said.

Preliminary work on the AED2bn ($544mn) project began earlier this year, with several internal roads in Al Safa area closed and traffic diversions put in place.

Currently, most internal roads in Al Wasl area between the Business Bay Metro station and the second interchange on Shaikh Zayed Road have been made one- way.

Construction work on the 3km-long project is being undertaken by Turkish construction giants Mapa and Gunal. Work will be carried out in three phases. The second phase will involve construction of two six-lane bridges on Al Wasl Road and Jumeirah Beach, while the last phase will be the construction of the canal, which will begin following the completion of road and flyover works.

The bridge on Shaikh Zayed Road will be almost a kilometre long and raised up to 8.5 metres to allow luxury yachts and boats to pass through.

The project will connect the already extended Creek from the Business Bay area all the way to Jumeirah beach, cutting through Sheikh Zayed Road, Safa Park, Al Wasl Road and Jumeirah Beach Road.

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