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    Dh802m for Dubai Water Canal phase 3

    The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has awarded a Dh802-million contract to construct the Dubai canal, footbridges and marine transit stations under phase 3 of the Dh2 billion Dubai Water Canal (DWC) project. Work on the project will start by June and is expected to finish by September 2016. Belhasa Six Construct Co will undertake the construction of this phase of the project.

    Works in phase 3 are timed with the completion of Phase I, which started in September 2013.

    Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA, said the phase 3 of the project comprises the construction of a water canal linking the Dubai Creek with the Arabian Gulf extending from the Shaikh Zayed Road, passing across Al Safa Park and Jumeirah 2, and terminating at the Arabian Gulf near the southern end of the Jumeirah Beach Park.

    This phase covers the drilling of the water canal, constructing sides of the canal, constructing three footbridges linking the two banks of the canal, and constructing four marine transit stations to boost the role of marine transport — particularly after the completion of the construction of a number of islands in the Arabian Gulf such as The World Islands and Jumeirah 2 Islands.

    It also includes filling works to construct an artificial peninsula across the Jumeirah Park, which will double the length of the park beach, increase the area of the park, and offer room for adding more recreational activities.

    Al Tayer said marine transit modes are expected to attract more than six million riders per annum, according to the strategic marine transport plan in Dubai. The canal will also boost the profile of Dubai as a leading destination of sea cruises.

    He said the awarding of this contract has brought the total cost of the three phases of the DWC project to Dh1.766 billion.

    In November 2013, the RTA awarded a Dh580-million contract to Turkish Gunal for the construction of the first phase of the road and bridge network of the DWC project. Earlier last month, the RTA also awarded a construction contract for the second phase of the project to China State Corporation.

    The project’s construction works have been split into three contracts. The first comprises the construction of an eight-lane bridge in each direction on the Shaikh Zayed Road above the course of the canal, allowing free navigation round-the-clock, and the modification of lanes of impacted roads to ensure integrated traffic movement between the two shores of the canal.

    This phase also includes the construction of a bridge on Shaikh Zayed Road that passes through the highest point of the canal, allowing free maritime movement 24 hours a day.

    Phase 2 of the project, costing about Dh384 million, includes constructing bridges on Al Wasl and Jumeirah Roads across the canal, allowing the passage of yachts up to 8.5 meters high. It also includes the construction of a free multi-tier interchange to link the traffic movement between Al Wasl, Al Hadiqa and Al Athar Roads to ensure smooth traffic flow after the completion of the project to replace the existing traffic signals. It also includes construction of bridges linking with the proposed peninsula to the south of the Jumeirah Park, shifting utility lines via conduits passing beneath the canal, and providing spare ducts for services under the canal to meet anticipated future needs.

    Al Tayer said the RTA has already laid out a plan regarding temporary traffic diversions to ensure a smooth traffic flow, which will have the same number of lanes currently being used by the roads.

    He said the company undertaking construction of the initial phase of the project will start construction works on the traffic diversion on the Shaikh Zayed Road in the direction from Dubai to Abu Dhabi next July and the traffic movement will be diverted from October 25.

    (Khaleej Times)

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