The Dubai Roads and Traffic Authority will push through its temporary traffic diversion works for the Sheikh Zayed Road on July 26 in the midst of Dubai Canal’s construction.
The road detour or diversion is scheduled to open at the end of October and it will permit the workforce to enter the city’s most active highway to put up a bridge that will subsequently be a part of the AED2mn ($545mn) Dubai Canal project.
According to an RTA official, the new extended road that spans for 1 kilometer will cover the Business Bay Metro station up to the Interchage 2 and claimed that the traffic would not be affected by the construction works as the number of lanes will not change.
The initial works of diversion will start on Sheikh Zayed from Dubai reaching Abu Dhabi, close to Safa Park neighborhood. For those travelling from Abu Dhabi to Dubai, the way will be on Sheikh Zayed Road while directing it to the lanes presently available towards Abu Dhabi.
Meanwhile, the 3km long Dubai Canal, which digging works commenced in December, is expected to link the creek from the Business Bay area to Jumeirah Beach, crossing the roads of Jumeirah Beach, Sheikh Zayed, Al Wasl and Safa Park. On both sides of the canal, a number of international hotels, restaurants, shopping centers, leisure, commercial and residential properties are expected to rise.
The project also includes the construction of a 16-lane bridge on Sheikh Zayed Road which will make a channel allowing the boats and yachts to pass through. Al Wasl Road and Jumeirah Beach Road will also see two six-lane bridges.
The project will put a 50,000 square meter shopping mall, 80,000 square meter waterfront boardwalk, split tracks basically for cycling, jogging and recreational amenities, and 6km of beaches in Safa Park.
The project is to be completed in September 2016 and will likely to increase tourism in Dubai by 22 million visitors.