Massive clean up of Dubai's road network is promised

Upgrade and maintenance work is to be carried out on roads, bridges and flyovers in next two years

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By  Eudore Chand Published  April 3, 2004

A massive upgrade of the roads network system, including the two bridges and some 90 flyovers, all across the emirate of Dubai is about to get underway, according to Dubai Municipality officials. They said the Dhs21.3 million project for carrying out the major maintenance works of road structures across Dubai, has been approved by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance and Industry in his capacity as chairman of Dubai Municipality. The works have already been awarded and will be conducted over the next two years, according to Qassim Sultan, municipality director general. Local contracting company, Waagner Biro Gulf, has been awarded the contract. The firm has also recently won the Dhs7.89 million contract for the maintenance package of Dubai’s key artery, Shindagha Tunnel. The tunnel contract is also for a period of two years. Municipality officials said the new roads upgrade and maintenance contract includes the two bridges over the creek (Al Maktoum and Al Garhoud), 21 vehicular underpasses, 90 flyovers, 10 footbridges, 14 pedestrian subways, 19 camel underpasses, 10 dhow wharfage bridges, seven box culverts, 34 abra landing steps, seven service culverts, 192 pipe culverts, 23 pump stations and two corrosion monitoring systems. The project includes the routine, preventive and corrective maintenance of all road structures in Dubai, said the municipal director general adding that the works involve electro-mechanical, structural, civil and electronic maintenance works as well as cleaning and washing of these structures. The contract also includes a thorough inspection of these facilities. Sultan Al Khafaili, head of the roads maintenance section at the maintenance department of Dubai Municipality, said the road structures, covered by the project also includes modifications and rehabilitation of some old structures in order to raise their efficiency and increase their life expectancy. These involve repairing of concrete flooring of the pedestrian subways near the Fish Market, removing sand from the overhead pedestrian footbridge and replacing it with concrete, repairing of damaged concrete parts of the Bani Yas underpass, replacing emulsion paints with paints protective of the concrete for camel underpasses on Dubai-Al Ain Road, and other preventive and corrective maintenance works. Al Khafaili noted that the project also includes routine maintenance and inspection works such as monitoring and checking of electro-mechanical devices and structural elements for each facility on a regular basis and depending on the nature and type of each structure.

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