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Dubai opens new phase of Water Canal project traffic diversions

RTA announces start of second phase of traffic diversion works in connection with construction of $545m project

Dubai opens new phase of Water Canal project traffic diversions

Dubai's transport authority said on Sunday it has opened the second phase of traffic diversion works in connection with the construction of the Dubai Water Canal project.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said it has started diversion works on Al Wasl Road near Safa Park.

Engineer Maitha bin Udai, CEO of RTA Traffic and Roads Agency, said: "Works are continuing in the construction of the Dubai Water Canal project according to the timetable set, and completion rate in the project has so far touched 33 percent.

"Works include opening a main traffic diversion on Al Wasl Road with the same number of lanes of the existing road, besides widening Al Bili Road to make it a dual carriageway to divert traffic thereto instead of Al Athar Road which will be partially closed nearby Al Wasl Road.

"A service road will be provided to serve the local traffic through Al Baqqara Road. Accordingly, the traffic signal at the junction of Al Wasl and Al Athar Roads will be abolished and replaced by a new traffic signal at the intersection of Al Wasl and Al Bili Roads."

She added: "Arrangements are in hand for constructing alternative roads to Al Hadeeqa Road to enable the smooth construction of bridges on Al Hadeeqa Road. The diversion will be fitted with all traffic safety means such as signals, directional signs with cautionary lights, street lights and concrete barriers to enhance the protection and separate the traffic movement from project works areas."

In parallel with these diversions, construction work of bridges on Jumeirah Road are set to start, and work is currently underway in preparing layouts of traffic diversions of Jumeirah Road which are expected to start in July, the RTA said.

Construction of the Dubai Water Canal project will be split into three contracts - the first comprising the construction of bridges across the Water Canal on Sheikh Zayed Road consisting of eight lanes in each direction.

The second contract includes the construction of bridges across the Water Canal on the Jumeirah and Al Wasl Roads spanning three lanes on the Jumeirah Road and two lanes on Al Wasl Road in each direction, in addition to a flyover from Al Wasl Road to Al Hadiqa Road in the direction of Sheikh Zayed Road.

The third contract encompasses the drilling of a 3.2km-long canal, landfilling works of the island, constructing a sea wall around the island to prepare the sand beach, building a marina for boats and the water bus, and constructing three pedestrian bridges above the canal to link the Jumeirah Beach Walk with Safa Park Walk.

Construction work is scheduled to finish by the end of September 2016.

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