Dubai's new Al-Khail bridge to open in Jan 2018

Bridge to accommodate extra traffic generated from Dubai Mall extension
Dubai's new Al-Khail bridge to open in Jan 2018
A bridge linking Al Khail Road to the Financial Center Road will open next year, Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced.
By Staff writer
Sun 10 Dec 2017 09:00 AM

A bridge linking Al Khail Road to the Financial Center Road will open next year, Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced.

The project, contracted to UAE property giant Emaar, is in the final stages of completion in preparation for opening, RTA officials said.

The new bridge aims to accommodate a huge influx of traffic from a massive expansion of Dubai Mall undertaken by Emaar Properties, enabling the world's largest shopping and entertainment destination to cater for more than 100m visitors a year, officials said.

The new bridge has a two-lane carriageway for one-way traffic, and is 1,270 metres in length across the Dubai Water Canal, RTA said.

"The bridge, which starts from the intersection of Ras Al Khor Road-Al Khail Road, adds two lanes extending 480 meters to the existing road to enable direct flow of traffic from Dubai-Al Ain Road to Al Khail Road via the upper deck of the Financial Center Road,” Mattar Al Tayer, director-general of the RTA said.

Works include providing an entry point for the parking terminal of the extension of Dubai Mall. The project will ease the flow of traffic along the Financial Center Road and surface intersections, softening the pressure on the intersections of Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevards, he added.

“It will raise the capacity of the road to 4,500 vehicles per hour during peak hours, serve several development projects and ease the pressure on the existing roads network," explained Al Tayer.

Expansion works of the Dubai Mall include constructing a new fashion complex beside the existing mall, which adds 75,000 m/sq to the mall area in addition to 25,000 m/sq of parking area, he added.

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