VIDEO: RTA opens 740-metre bridge leading to Dubai Creek Harbour

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has opened a three-laned 740-metre-long bridge leading to the western entrance of Dubai Creek Harbour, which is an important phase of its Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Crossing Improvement Project.

According to RTA, the project includes the improvement of the intersection of Nadd Al Hamar Street and Ras Al Khor Road in addition to substantial improvement of Ras Al Khor Road.

HE Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of directors at RTA said that the construction of the bridge will link traffic from Dubai-Al Ain Road and Al Khail Road heading eastwards to Dubai Creek – Dubai Creek Harbour.

In the direction towards the entry, the bridge has a capacity of 7,500 vehicles per hour, while at the exit it is 3,000 vehicles per hour, Al Tayer added.

According to Al Tayer, the project also includes the construction of a new four-laned street in each direction extending 1.5km, in addition to entry/exit points from and to the newly constructed buildings, in order to facilitate the movement of traffic inbound from Nadd Al Hamar Street-Ras Al Khor Road junction.

“The new network ensures free traffic flow to the newly constructed residential units at Dubai Creek area by linking with surrounding streets. Works completed included a modern lighting network of 108 light poles,” he added.

Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Crossing Improvement Project

The newly opened bridge is a part of the Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Crossing Improvement Project, touted as one of the biggest projects RTA is seeking to complete over the next few years.

The project, which is split into several contracts, includes the construction of a flyover crossing over the Dubai Creek to link Jaddaf area with the street separating Dubai Creek and Dubai Festival City.

The first contract included the construction of the bridge, which is now open.

Meanwhile, construction work has been progressing on the other two contracts. This includes improvement of Ras Al Khor Road from Nadd Al Hamar junction to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed junction, easing the traffic flow on Ras Al Khor Road.

The project also includes the construction of a two-lane bridge with a capacity of 3,000 vehicles per hour from Nadd Al Hamar Northwards to Ras Al Khor Eastwards. It also covers the construction of a two-lane tunnel with a capacity of 3,000 vehicles per hour from Ras Al Khor Road Westwards heading to Nadd Al Hamar Street Northwards.

In addition, works also cover the construction of 2.5km-long collector roads along Ras Al Khor Road; and improvements on the 1.2km Nadd Al Hamar Street.

The second contract also covers the construction of another flyover, which is situated near Bu Kadra junction, for traffic coming from the junction heading towards the Ras Al Khor Industrial Area.

The contract includes improvements on Ras Al Khor Street between Dubai-Al Ain Road and Nadd Al Hamar Street, together with service roads extending 4.2km along Ras Al Khor Street.

RTA said that work on the two contracts are expected to be completed by Q4 2022.

With the completion of the Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Crossing Improvement Project, the travel time between Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Rd and Dubai-Al Ain Road will reduce from 22 to eight minutes. In addition it will also serve mega development projects in the area such as Al Kheeran, Dubai Creek, and Meydan Horizons, covering more than 650,000 residents.

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