Section of Al Wasl Road in Dubai to close for Canal project

The Roads and Transport Authority will close a half kilometre section of Al Wasl Road, near Safa Park, in order for a new bridge to be built.

RTA will close a half kilometre stretch of Al Wasl Road, near Safa Park, to facilitate the building of a bridge as part of the second phase of the Dubai Water Canal project. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National
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DUBAI // A major and potentially disruptive diversion on a busy road will likely come into force by the end of the month.

The Roads and Transport Authority will close a half kilometre section of Al Wasl Road, near Safa Park, in order for a bridge to be built.

The works are part of the second phase of the Dubai Water Canal project, which will extend the Creek across Safa Park and out into the Gulf.

“Works are up and running in the Dubai Water Canal project and progressing according to the timeline set,” said Maitha bin Udai, chief executive of the RTA Traffic and Roads Agency.

“The project works dictated diverting the traffic on Al Wasl Road; including diverting the traffic flow from and to Abu Dhabi to the traffic diversion under way while maintaining the same number of lanes.

“The new traffic diversion will be fitted with all the required traffic safety means such as signals, cautionary lights on the street and concrete barriers. Work has started in laying utility line conduits underneath the path of the proposed canal [mainland side] while protecting and diverting utility lines underneath the traffic diversion path.

“Concurrently with these diversions, construction will start on the bridge on Al Wasl Road in the direction of Abu Dhabi, once the traffic is routed directly through the traffic diversion.”

The second phase includes the building of bridges across the Water Canal on the Jumeirah and Al Wasl roads.

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