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Dubai's RTA says Shindagha Tunnel to partially close for maintenance

Transport authority announces plan to carry out repair work overnight Friday/Saturday at tunnel under Dubai Creek

Dubai's RTA says Shindagha Tunnel to partially close for maintenance

Dubai's transport authority said on Wednesday it will have to partially close a major tunnel in the emirate to carry out maintenance work.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced that Shindagha Tunnel will be closed from midnight on Friday until 6am on Saturday in a single direction only from Bur Dubai to Deira.

The tunnel goes under Dubai Creek to connect the neighbourhoods of Al Ras, Deira and Al Shindagha and is the creek's the only underwater road crossing.

Maitha bin Udai, CEO of RTA Traffic & Roads Agency, said: "Maintenance works require full closure of the tunnel in the direction from Bur Dubai to Deira and diverting traffic to the other direction.

"The RTA is keen on ensuring the continuity of traffic movement from Bur Dubai to Deira and vice versa such that the open direction will be prepared to handle the traffic movement smoothly."

She called upon motorists to exercise care and caution, comply with the speed limits, and pay attention to the traffic signs.

She said that the impact of the partial closure will be minimal on the traffic flow.

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