Time Out announces the Al Wasl Street Bridge open for Dubai traffic, next to Safa Park. It is a major leap forward for the Dubai Water Canal Project
Time Out Dubai staff
One the most significant milestones in the Dubai Water Canal project will be reached on Friday June 3 when the Al Wasl Street Bridge becomes fully operational.
It is one of the three major bridge projects which allow from the flow of water from Business Bay all the way to the Arabian Gulf. The others at Sheikh Zayed Road and Jumeirah Road are also nearing completion.
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The Al Wasl diversions have been some of the most complex due to the various inlets and side roads affected by the canal, and the opening of the seven lane, multi-exited elevated highway will ease congestion considerably in the area.
Further construction can now begin on the canal itself, which has currently been dug from Sheikh Zayed Road - where one side of the elevated carriageway is already open - through the old site of Safa Park, and then again from AL Wasl Road to the coast.
The whole project is expected to be ready by the end of 2017, when boats as tall as eight metres will be able to pass beneath. Three pedestrian bridges will offer the same.
The bridge works are all part of Phase 2, while Phase 3 is 75 percent complete. The works include the construction of quay walls, protect the utility lines, divert sewage lines on both sides of the Canal, build a sewage pumping plant, construct a coastal breakwater, and create 10 marine transit stations.