Work starts on third bridge across Creek

First phase of latest Creek crossing will cost an estimated US $105 m.

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By  Eudore Chand Published  February 17, 2005

Works on the fourth crossing across the Dubai Creek have been started by the Dubai Municipality, which has earmarked more than US $105 million (AED 388 million) for the project. Besix is the main contractor; and the consultants are Parsons, De Leuw Cather Overseas Ltd. “The new crossing and associated structures will also provide an expressway that will pass through Dubai to the northern emirates,” according to Badr Al Gergawi, head of roads construction section at the municipality’s roads department. “Dubai Municipality has begun work on the AED 388 million first phase of the Ras Al Khor corridor, which involves construction of a third bridge, or the fourth crossing, over Dubai Creek,” he said. He added that the first phase includes construction of a 10-lane and non-open span of Ras Al Khor Bridge, and the digging of a tunnel on the intersection of Al Rabat Road and Marrakesh Road. Works on the remaining three phases are scheduled to begin soon and will be carried out simultaneously. They are due to be completed in early 2007. The bridge, 1.5 kilometres east of Al Garhoud Bridge, is designed to ease traffic on Sheikh Zayed Road and the three existing Dubai Creek crossings of Al Garhoud Bridge, Al Maktoum Bridge and the Shindagha Tunnel. It will have five lanes in each direction, with the option of including a sixth one. “It is expected that the project will alleviate traffic problems along Sheikh Zayed Road from the south to as far north as Sharjah,” said Al Gergawi. He explained that the structure will be 15 m. above the high-water mark, allowing ship movement along the Creek without the need for a lifting span. Both the other bridges, the Al Maktoum Bridge and the Al Garhoud Bridge have spans that can be lifted to allow passage of ships along the Creek. Al Gergawi pointed out that the new crossing will also provide an expressway that will pass through Dubai to the northern emirates. The Rabat Road will be expanded to six lanes in either direction — three of which will be dedicated to the expressway — while the remaining three would be meant for internal traffic. The second phase of the fourth crossing project includes expansion of the Rabat Road; construction of an intersection at Al Rabat Road and Nad Al Hamar Road; expansion of the Nad Al Hamar Road to a five-lane highway towards the north, a four-lane highway towards the south and all the way to the Dubai International Airport Tunnel; and the construction of access road for the Dubai Festival City on the Al Rabat Road. The third and fourth phases cover a larger area — from the First Interchange at Sheikh Zayed Road all the way to the new bridge at Ras Al Khor. Works on these two phases include the development of areas around the Doha Road and the proposed Burj Dubai areas, the Dubai International Financial Centre, the Business Bay and the Humanitarian City. Designs for these phases have been approved after the completion of traffic studies along these key areas. Other works in the final phase include an interchange to connect the Al Khail Road (the Back Road), Oud Metha Road and the Zabeel (2) area, and roads to connect Sheikh Rashid Road and Riyadh Road to the Al Jaddaf area, Al Gergawi said.

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