Sheikh Zayed Road Diversion Construction to Begin 26 July
Attention Dubai motorists! Work on the Sheikh Zayed Road diversions that will relocate traffic for 800 metres is set to begin on 26 July.
Motorists and road users will not be affected by these changes until the diversions themselves, which will stretch from Business Bay Metro Station to Interchange 2, open for traffic on 25 October.
In what can only be described as a feat of engineering, the 12-lane Sheikh Zayed Road that feeds much of Dubai’s destinations and carries most of its daily traffic will be shifted to make way for the construction of an 8.5 metre high bridge that is expected to cross over the extension of Dubai Canal.
While the six lanes heading in the direction of Abu Dhabi will first be shifted to the right, closer to Safa Park, the other six lanes heading towards Sharjah are to be diverted to what is now the Abu Dhabi bound carriageway.
The number of lanes on the new diversion will be 12 – equal to the current number of lanes on Sheikh Zayed Road in order to avoid the creation of traffic bottle necks and the increase in traffic jams, explained His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of Dubai Road and Transport Authority (RTA). The project is thus not expected to cause any delays to Dubai’s daily commuters.
Once the 12-lane highway has been diverted, a new 16-lane bridge – 8 lanes in each direction – will be constructed to allow the Dubai Canal to reach from Business Bay to Safa Park.
In another stage of the project, the Dubai Canal will work its way across two more roads, Al Wasl Road and Jumeirha Beach Road, where it will eventually connect to the Arabian Gulf. This phase of the project will require the construction of two six-lane bridges over the two roads.
The Canal, a project estimated to cost Dhs2 million, is due to be completed in September 2016 and will connect the Dubai Creek – which has already been extended to Business Bay – to Jumeirah Beach.