Garhoud Bridge to be demolished next year

New plans for demolition of Dubai’s famous bottleneck bridge are revealed

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By  Zoe Naylor Published  February 11, 2006

Dubai’s Garhoud Bridge is set to be demolished to make way for a new Creek crossing built close to the site of the existing bridge. The estimated US $114 million (AED420 million) contract incorporates plans for construction of a massive 14-lane structure as well as the demolition of the old Garhoud Bridge — one of Dubai’s biggest traffic bottlenecks. Tenders were submitted last month and Dubai Municipality is expected to award the contract some time in March. Six Construct, Dutco Balfour Beatty Group and Malaysian contractor, Gamuda, are known to be in the running for the job. While DM’s original plan was to widen the existing Garhoud Bridge in a bid to ease chronic traffic congestion, the scheme has been modified to include the demolition of the current bridge. “The demolition of the existing Garhoud Bridge will take place around one and-a-half years into the construction of the new bridge,” said Philippe Dessoy, deputy general manager of Six Construct. “The new structure will be about 15 m higher than the existing Garhoud Bridge, which will bring it to approximately 25 m above the water,” he added. This additional height clearance means the new crossing will not need to be designed with an opening, like the existing structure. Phasing the demolition of Garhoud Bridge will call for careful planning to avoid exacerbating existing traffic congestion during the construction work. “It is likely there will be some temporary diversions,” says Dessoy, “but the new bridge will be operational by that time.” New road projects are being given top priority in Dubai, as the emirate struggles to cope with mounting traffic problems. Several road projects have been accelerated as a result and a new roads authority has been established to drive projects forward. Another Creek crossing — the Ras Al Khor Bridge — is currently under construction near the Dubai Festival City (DFC) site, with Besix as the main contractor. Scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2007, the 12-lane, 15 m-high bridge will feed traffic to and from DFC, through Business Bay and out to Interchange One.

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