A major new canal project for Dubai

A major new canal project for Dubai

A Dhs2 billion project set to take over Sheikh Zayed Road

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Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) insist that the massive Dubai Canal Project will not effect the flow of traffic on Dubai’s main motorway, despite the announcement of a diversion that will start from October

The first phase of the multi-billion dirham project involves the construction of a bridge over Sheikh Zayed Road, with a capacity of eight lanes in each direction. It will also have the diversion of utility lanes impacted by the course of the canal, and lighting and fountain works on the bridge.

In order to allow for the 16-lane, one kilometre-long flyover to be built on one of Dubai's busiest roads, vehicles will be sent on an 800-metre detour throughout the construction process, which will start in October near Business Bay.

The plan will see south-bound traffic shifted to the side of the Abu Dhabi-bound carriageway, and north-bound traffic onto the vacated south-bound stretch of road. Once the first half of the bridge is finished, traffic heading in the direction of Sharjah will be moved onto the bridge.

"Traffic on Shaikh Zayed Road will not be disturbed," a spokesman for the RTA told a source. "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 on Shaikh Zayed Road, following which work on the construction of the flyover will begin.

Once construction is complete, the entire project will see the already extended Dubai Creek flow through Safa Park, across Al Wasl Road and back to the sea. With reports stating that the Sheikh Zayed Road flyover will be 8.5 metres high to allow for boats to pass through, with the whole phase costing Dhs 500million.