Monday, June 5, 2017

Emaar's vital bridge project nearing completion

Dubai's leading developer Emaar said work was in full swing at the Al Khail and Financial Centre Bridge with more than 90 per cent of the Dh177 million ($48 million) project already completed.

The bridge, running from Al Khail Road to the Financial Centre Road, is being developed in co-ordination with Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and will be completed by the end of this year.

The project has become vital to accommodate Emaar’s massive expansion of the Dubai Mall; the biggest shopping and entertainment destinations in the world; rendering it capable of receiving more than 100 million visitors per annum, said a statement from RTA.

The expansion includes the construction of a Fashion Avenue beside the existing mall involving the addition of 75,000 sq m in addition to 25,000 sq m as car parking, it added.

"The project is aimed at easing the traffic flow along the Financial Centre Road as well as the surface intersections by reducing the vehicular density on the intersections leading to the Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard," explained Mattar Al Tayer, the director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors of RTA.

Al Tayer was speaking after visiting the site of the project, which starts from the intersection of Ras Al Khor Road and Al Khail Road.

"It will step up the capacity of the road to as many as 4,500 vehicles during peak hours, serve a host of development projects, and alleviate the pressure on the existing roads network," he remarked.

The bridge, he stated, consists of two lanes in one direction stretching 1,270 m long with width ranging from 11 to 15 m. It is built on individual pillars and crosses over the Dubai Water Canal.

The project works also included lighting as well as the shifting of impacted infrastructure services such as water, electricity, irrigation, drainage and communication lines, he added.

According to him, the existing road will be widened by adding two lanes in a 480-m-long sector to ensure a smooth traffic flow from the intersection of the Dubai-Al Ain Road at Al Khail Road and along the Upper Deck of the Financial Centre Road.

An entry point will also be provided to the parking terminal of the Dubai Mall expansion project, he added.-TradeArabia News Service

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