By Sarah Townsend
Plans include Dubai Water Canal stations, Burj Khalifa metro expansion, JBR pedestrian bridge and new roads, says RTA
A package of projects as part of the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority’s Traffic and Transportation Plan 2030 has been approved by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-Presiednt and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Among the projects approved were the Jewel of the Creek, a new pedestrian bridge at Bani Yas Street in Bur Dubai; the Shindagha Crossing, intended to replace the Shindagha tunnel, the second oldest crossing on Dubai Creek between Deira and Bur Dubai; an expansion of the Burj Khalifa metro station, new marine stations for the Dubai Water Canal, and a pedestrian bridge in Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR).
Sheikh Mohammad approved the plan during a visit to the RTA headquarters on Saturday, where he was briefed about several of the projects, state news agency WAM reported.
It said the Shindagha Crossing is to be implemented over three phases, the first of which has already completed and the second of which will commence in the first quarter of 2017. The second phase of the crossing begins after the intersection of Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Road after its intersection with Abu Hail Road.
The third phase aims to build a new piece of the crossing after the intersection of Abu Hail Road with Cairo Road and Al Rasheed Road.
Sheikh Mohammed was also briefed on plans for a new intersection between Jebel Ali Road and the Al Hebab and Al Qudra roads, including a flyover for cyclists.
The 2030 strategy also includes new marine transport stations for the Dubai Water Canal and Business Bay, and an expansion of Burj Khalifa metro station to increase capacity to 180,000 passengers a day.
The number of passengers passing through the station reached 6,000 per hour during the month of January, WAM said. The plan also comprises new designs for metro buses, which were approved by Sheikh Mohammed on Saturday.
He was also briefed on details of the RTA’s five-year plan for 2017-2021, including plans to pave internal roads in 16 residential districts in Dubai, and “beautifying” the roads by building trees across 600 hectares of land in the first quarter of next year.
There are also plans for a 120-metre pedestrian bridge connecting Al Sufouh and Western streets in the JBR area. Completion is scheduled for early 2017, WAM said.
Meanwhile, 36 road bridges are planned by November 2019 to ease traffic flow ahead of Dubai Expo2020.