Dubai Water Canal project in full flow

Dubai Water Canal project in full flowImage Credit: Supplied

As schools in Dubai open, motorists will be expecting more traffic woes, especially in areas affected by ongoing construction work. The area around Safa Park will be one of the most seriously affected because of the ongoing work on the Dubai Canal project.

While traffic in most of the roads in the area has already been diverted, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has started work for a bigger traffic diversion on Shaikh Zayed Road. Stretching 1km, the diversion route will be ready by the end of October and will have the same number of lanes as the main highway.

It has been reported that Abu Dhabi-bound traffic will be rerouted to the new tracks, while vehicles going to Dubai will use the Abu Dhabi-bound lanes on the Sheikh Zayed Road. This will allow construction work on the northern bridge of the Dubai Canal near the Business Bay Metro station.

The Dh2-billion project was launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in October. Divided into three phases, the Dubai Canal is expected to be completed by September 2016.

The 3.2km canal will run across Shaikh Zayed Road and extend to Jumeirah Beach, passing two other major arteries.

Phase one

The first phase of the project comprises the construction of bridges, comprising eight lanes in each direction, on Sheikh Zayed Road. The bridges will rise 8m to allow free navigation in the canal round the clock. There will also be a number of improvements on the road network around the area. The affected part of the Shaikh Zayed Road extends 800m.

Work on the bridges is expected to begin in November after road diversions are put in place. The road diversion will stretch for 1km from the Business Bay Metro station towards Interchange 2.

Affected routes will be modified to ensure an integrated traffic movement between the two banks of the canal. The project also includes the shifting of underground utility lines and installation of lighting and water fountains on the bridges.

The first phase started in September last year at cost of Dh580 million. Mapa and Gunal is the contractor of the project.

Phase two

The second phase includes the construction of a six-lane bridge on the Jumeirah Beach Road and a four-lane bridge on Al Wasl Road across the water canal. A flyover from Al Wasl Road to Al Hadiqa Road will also be constructed, while affected utilities and road traffic will be diverted.

Construction work on phase two started in May. A Dh384 million contract was awarded to the China State Corporation for the project, which will be completed in the final quarter of 2016, coinciding with the completion of phase one.

Phase three

The third phase involves the drilling of the water canal, landfill work and construction of a sea wall for the beach, a marina for boats and water buses and pedestrian bridges over the canal linking Jumeirah Beach Walk to Safa Park Walk. Four marine transit stations will also be built.

According to Dubai's strategic marine transport plan, the marine transport vehicles plying routes across the canal are expected to attract more than six million passengers per year. The canal is also expected boost the profile of Dubai as a leading destination for cruise ships.

The land filling work on an artificial peninsula in Jumeirah Park will double the length of the beach park, allowing for more recreational facilities to be built in the area.

Belhasa Six Construct was awarded a contract worth Dh802 million for the third phase of the project. Construction work started in June.

The entire Dubai Canal project is set for completion by September 2016.

Click on Dubai Canal and read on the diversion work which hits traffic in Al Wasl

Source: Chiranti Sengupta, Features Writer with inputs from Shafaat Shahbhandari, Property Weekly


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