By Andy Sambidge
Transport authority hires China State Corp to build bridges across Al Wasl and Jumeirah Roads; slated for Q4 2016 completion
Dubai's transport authority said on Saturday that it has awarded a AED384m ($104.5m) contract for phase two of the Dubai Water Canal Project which will link Dubai Creek with the Arabian Gulf.
The second phase of the 3km long canal project includes the construction of bridges across Al Wasl and Jumeirah Roads, the Roads and Transport Authority said in a statement.
The construction contract has been awarded to China State Corporation, and work will be completed in the final quarter of 2016, the RTA added.
RTA chairman and executive director Mattar Al Tayer said: "The contract of Phase II encompasses the construction of bridges on Al Wasl and Jumeirah Roads above the Dubai Water Canal enabling the passage of 8.5 metre-high yachts.
"It also includes the construction of a bridge leading to the proposed peninsula to the south of Jumeirah Park. The contract also covers utility diversion works beneath the canal, in addition to the construction of spare conduits for utility lines underneath the Canal to meet the projected future requirements," added Al Tayer.
He said the RTA has drawn up plans governing traffic diversion to ensure "smooth traffic flow" during the construction of the bridges.
The contract for phase one of the project includes the construction of a bridge on the Sheikh Zayed Road comprising eight lanes in each direction and traffic on the main highway will be diverted from October 25 to facilitate construction.