By Lynne Roberts
Dubai roads authority opens 14-lane crossing to be used by 16,000 vehicles an hour.
The new Al Garhoud Bridge officially launched on Saturday over Dubai Creek, opening 14 lanes of traffic between Bur Dubai and Deira.
More than 2,000 engineers, technicians and labourers were involved in the construction of the 1.7-kilomtre crossing, which took 24 months from design to completion.
Incorporating 143,000 tonnes of cement, it boasts 17 tonnes of steel pillars and 2,000 steel wires, and is expected to carry around 16,000 vehicles per hour.
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) also announced on Saturday the start of construction on a new sixth crossing, set to become the world’s longest arch bridge.
The 12-lane Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Crossing will link Al Jaddaf at Bur Dubai with the road separating the Lagoons project and Dubai Festival City. It will provide entry and exit points for the Creek Island on which the opera building will be constructed.
The 667 metre-high, 3 billion dirham ($817 million) crossing will handle around 20,000 vehicles per hour and is scheduled for completion in 2012.
Set 15 metres above the water, with a 205 metre-high arch, it will include a Dubai Metro station and incorporate a three metre-wide pedestrian walkway.
New York architecture firm Fxfowle said last month its design for the bridge was inspired by the “rhythmic grace of Dubai Creek’s current, the elegant splendour of the sand dunes adjacent to the city, the lighting patterns of the lunar cycle and the design of the future Opera House”.
No one can beat UAE especially Dubai in the speed of execution. It is really heartening to note that this is ready for launch. It will surely ease the traffic situation. Hatrs Off to all those responsible for it