Dubai awards $121m contract to build bridges to Deira Islands project

Dubai's transport authority has awarded a contract for the construction of three bridges leading to Deira Islands
Dubai awards $121m contract to build bridges to Deira Islands project
Nakheel's Deira Islands project will create Dubai's new waterfront.
By Sam Bridge
Sat 20 Oct 2018 02:02 PM

Dubai's transport authority, in coordination with developer Nakheel, has awarded a contract for the construction of three bridges leading to Deira Islands.

The Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) said the bridges, which link with the existing bridge crossing the water canal, consist of six lanes in each direction and will be built at cost of AED447 million ($121.6 million).

Nakheel's Deira Islands project will create Dubai's new waterfront. It consists of four man-made islands reclaimed from the Arabian Gulf along the coast of Deira spanning 17 million square metres and comprises the construction of hundreds of hotels, furnished flats, mixed-use buildings and marinas.

The new project is expected to attract about 250,000 residents as well as 80,000 employees.

Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the RTA, said: “The project aims to improve the entrances and exits of Deira Islands at the intersection of Al Khaleej & Abu Baker Al Siddique Streets. The bridges span 1.6km in total. An additional 140-metre bridge will be constructed together with a slip road on Deira Islands side. The existing bridge will also undergo improvements including re-pavement, rails, traffic signs, utility lines and street lighting.”

Traffic studies indicate that the Deira Islands project will generate about 110,000 journeys during peak hours, which requires a huge infrastructure of roads and public transport networks.

Three bridges will be constructed at the main entrances and exits of the Project crossing the water canal, including two entrances at the intersections on Al Khaleej Street with Abu Baker Al-Siddique and Abu Hail Streets.

The third entrance extends from Al Mina Street parallel to Port Rashid.

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