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Dubai: The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai, in coordination with property developer Nakheel, has awarded a contract for the construction of three bridges leading to Deira Islands.

The bridges, which link with the existing bridge crossing the water canal, consist of six lanes in each direction and will be built at cost of Dh447 million.

The project is undertaken in line with the directives of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to implement road projects related to Shindagha Roads Corridor.

Mattar Al Tayer, director general and chairman of the board of executive directors of RTA, said: “The project aims to improve the entrances and exits of Deira Islands at the intersection of Al Khaleej and Abu Baker Al Siddique Streets." 

"The bridges span 1.6km in total. An additional 140-metre bridge will be constructed, together with a slip road on the Deira Islands side. The existing bridge will also undergo improvements including re-pavement, rails, traffic signs, utility lines and street lighting.”

He added: “The project includes a two-lane bridge offering free-flowing traffic from Deira Islands to Al Khaleej Street northward; a three-lane bridge providing free traffic from Deira Islands to Al Khaleej Street southward, and a two-lane bridge offering free traffic from Al Khaleej Street southward to Deira Islands.

"Al Khaleej Street flyover allows the construction of two bridges in the direction of Abu Baker Al Siddique Street in the future.”

The project will enhance the capacity of Al Khaleej Street over a 1.8km stretch from Abu Hail intersection northward to Al Baraha Hospital southward.

Two signalised intersections will be added at the intersection of Al Khaleej Street with both Abu Hail and Abu Baker Al Siddique Streets. These improvements are part of future improvements of Shindagha Roads Network, Al Tayer said.

New waterfront

Nakheel’s Deira Island project is the Dubai’s new waterfront.

It consists of four manmade islands reclaimed from the Arabian Gulf along the coast of Deira. Spanning 17 million square metres, it is the largest development project in Deira.

The project comprises the construction of hundreds of hotels, furnished flats, mixed-use buildings and marinas. The new project is expected to attract about 250,000 residents as well as 80,000 employees.

Traffic studies indicate that the project will generate about 110,000 journeys during peak hours, which requires a huge infrastructure of roads and public transport networks.