It’s been over three years since Dubai’s largest roadworks project got underway, and while there is still no relief from peak hour traffic around the construction sites, there’s some good news.
As the RTA opened a new road ramp in and around Safa Park, it was announced that completion on all major bridges over Sheikh Zayed Road, Jumeirah Beach Road and Al Wasl Road now expected to be by September, and that about 80 percent of the work on the roadworks is already done.
"The construction of a bridge on the Sheikh Zayed Road comprising eight lanes in each direction, had completed construction works early January this year," a spokesman said. "The northern bridge on the Sheikh Zayed Road from Abu Dhabi to Dubai stretching one kilometre is completed, and the southern bridge from Dubai to Abu Dhabi is expected to complete this August."
On Saturday, the RTA opened a new ramp that bridges the outbound traffic from Jumeirah Road and Al Aathar Road towards Sheikh Zayed Road. The bridge, however, maintains the same of number of existing lanes of Al Wasl Road in both directions.
Once the construction is complete, this Dhs2 billion Dubai Water Canal development will feature a waterway that runs from Business Bay (where the Dubai Creek currently 'finishes'), through to Sheikh Zayed Road, then Safa Park and Al Wasl Road. There are over 200 shopping outlets, residential units and hotels planned to be built on both banks of the waterway. There will also be a seven kilometre running track connecting with the Jumeirah Corniche, as well as three pedestrian bridges and a man-made peninsula at Jumeirah Beach Park.