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Dubai's RTA closes Al Maktoum Bridge on Fridays for five weeks

The bridge will be closed on Fridays starting from October 27, 2017 until November 24, 2017, from 1am to 9am

Image Credit: RTA
During the closure of Al Maktoum Bridge, the traffic would be diverted to alternative routes — including Al Shandagha Tunnel, Al Garhoud Bridge and the Business Bay Crossing, in addition to exit points of Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road.

Date: October 27 until November 24, 2017
Time: 1am to 9am
Marine traffic: Limited to Sundays and Thursdays, 1am- 5am


Dubai: The Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is poised to carry out the annual maintenance of Al Maktoum Bridge as part of its strategic goals of safety, environmental sustainability and asset sustainability.

The bridge will be closed for road and marine traffic on Fridays — starting from October 27, 2017 until November 24, 2017, from 1am to 9am.

Marine traffic will be limited to Sundays and Thursdays between 1am to 5am.

The bridge would be closed for road and marine traffic on Fridays only starting from October 27 until November 24, 2017 from 1am to 9am. Marine traffic will be limited to Sundays and Thursdays between 1am to 5am.

Nazim Faisal, Director of Roads and Facilities Maintenance at RTA's Traffic and Roads Agency said: "RTA attaches great importance to maintaining assets and facilities by performing the required periodic preventive maintenance."

"The bridge would be closed for road and marine traffic on Fridays only starting from 27 October 2017 until 24 November 2017 from 01am to 9am. Marine traffic will be limited to Sundays and Thursdays between 1am to 5am," he added.

“The tentative operation would be undertaken after the completion of all routine, preventive and corrective maintenance of various electro-mechanical systems and a final inspection would be carried out to ensure the effective operation and safety of the facility and its users,” added Faisal.

Alternative routes

“During the closure of Al Maktoum Bridge, the traffic would be diverted to alternative routes — including Al Shandagha Tunnel, Al Garhoud Bridge and the Business Bay Crossing, in addition to exit points of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road," said the official.

These arrangements would ensure a smooth traffic flow during the closure, taking into account the closure timing of the Floating Bridge.

The RTA confirms that the alternative routes are capable of accommodating the traffic in the area on Fridays when traffic is significantly less compared to the other days,” he concluded.

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