DUBAI // The Roads and Transport Authority has started work on the initial phase of the main traffic diversion on Sheikh Zayed Road in the Dubai-Abu Dhabi direction near to Safa Park, as part of the Water Canal works.
The diversion is scheduled for completion by the end of October next year.
Sheikh Zayed Road will keep its six lanes in each direction open to motorists, while bridges are built over the motorway and what will become the Dubai Canal.
The Dh2 billion project will extend Dubai Creek from Business Bay across Sheikh Zayed Road, through Safa Park and Jumeirah and on to the Arabian Gulf.
Construction on the Dubai Water Canal Project has been split in three contracts. The first includes the construction of bridges across the Water Canal on Sheikh Zayed Road consisting of eight lanes in each direction. The bridges will rise 8 metres to allow free navigation in the Canal.
The second contract includes the construction of bridges across the Water Canal on Jumeirah and Al Wasl roads spanning three lanes on Jumeirah Road and two lanes on Al Wasl Road in each direction, in addition to a flyover from Al Wasl Road to Al Hadiqa Road in the direction of Sheikh Zayed Road.
The third includes drilling a 3.2 km-long canal, landfilling works of the island, constructing a sea wall around the island to prepare a sand beach, building a marina for boats and the water bus, and constructing three landmark pedestrian bridges above the Canal to link the Jumeirah Beach Walk with Safa Park Walk.