Creek will go under Sheikh Zayed Road

Section of main UAE highway to be converted into a bridge to make way for the project

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By  Conrad Egbert Published  December 9, 2006

Part of Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road will be converted into a bridge to allow the Creek Extension to flow underneath it, Construction Week has learned. Work on the project has been on hold since August to allow time for the Dubai Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) to finalise proposals on whether the Creek will be taken over or under Sheikh Zayed Road. Consultants submitted their design bids in October and Construction Week has been told that the Creek will now flow underneath the UAE highway. The body of water has been extended up to the back of the Metropolitan Hotel and will cross Sheikh Zayed Road to the northeast of it. “The Creek is going to go underneath Sheikh Zayed Road, so that part of the road will be bridged,” said Shahab Lutfi, director of business development, Dubai Properties. “We are still finalising the details and the infrastructure team is working on how we’re going to go about taking the Creek underneath the Sheikh Zayed Road. We should have everything completed, including the infrastructure, by the second half of 2008.” Construction is expected to start in the middle of next year. “We still don’t know exactly when we’re going to begin crossing the highway, but by April or May 2007, the Creek will be extended all the way up to Sheikh Zayed Road and we’ll be ready to cross,” said Lutfi. He added that Safa Park will remain as it is, with the Creek running through it. But plans for what would happen to Al Wasl Road and Jumeirah Beach Road are still being assessed. The Union Cooperative Society shopping store opposite Safa Park will be demolished, along with some residential units that fall in the Creek’s new path. Work on the Dubai Creek Extension began in August 2005 after Dutco Balfour Beatty Group picked up the US $54 million (AED200 million) first phase, which required six million m3 of earth to be removed. Phases one and two span Doha Street and Sheikh Zayed Road and connect the extension to the Creek’s former head at Ras Al Khor, while phase three is located between Oud Metha Road and Doha Street. “A committee is looking after it and I don’t think it’s been decided 100% [that the Creek will go under Sheikh Zayed Road], but it’s highly likely,” said an RTA spokesperson.

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