New bridge to connect Bur Dubai and Dubai Islands
Dubai is embarking on a major new transport infrastructure upgrade project – a new bridge, which will connect the mainland and the Dubai Islands archipelago. It will have 8 car lanes, pedestrian and bicycle lanes. The length of the bridge will be 1,425 metres. The construction is scheduled to be completed in 2026.
The new “The Dubai Islands” highway will have direct entry and exit from Bur Dubai via a bridge spanning Dubai Creek between Infinity Bridge and Port Rashid. The bridge will have a total capacity of 16,000 vehicles per hour in both directions. The bridge will be 15.5 metres above the waters of Dubai Creek and will create a 75 metre wide channel for ships to pass over.
The project includes a dedicated lane for cyclists and pedestrians on one side of the bridge, as well as the installation of two lifts on each side. In addition, the construction of the bridge will increase the length of surface roads by 2 kilometres. The new tracks will connect to the existing Bur Dubai and Dubai Islands roads.
The project has been developed in response to a directive from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The construction of the bridge is also under the supervision of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai.
The construction agreement was formalised by Mattar Al Tayer, CEO, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nakheel.
The project is a key phase of the masterplan to improve the Al Shindagha corridor. It is one of the largest projects currently being undertaken by the RTA, with a total estimated cost of Dh5.3bn.
Source: Gulf News
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