Floating Bridge to ease Dubai traffic
Dubai , June 24, 2007
Roads and Transport Authority's Floating Bridge project is expected to ease traffic situation on Al Maktoum Bridge in Dubai.
The Dh81.5 million ($22 million) project can take up to 6,000 vehicles during rush hours, said a report in the Khaleej Times.
The bridge made of 20-metre-wide hollow concrete blocks will float in water. The six-lane bridge, which is expected to open to traffic next month, is all set to provide to the commuters the much-needed alternative to Salik toll road. It will connect Deira with the Oud Metha Road.
Situated just 500 metres south of the Al Maktoum Bridge, the Bridge is 300 metres long. It will end at the intersection to be built on Riyadh Street between Dubai Courts and Ras Al Khor Park.
The rolling segment of the bridge allows it to open and close at intervals, the report added.
'The Floating bridge is economical and provides a quick solution to traffic problems in Dubai. A new bridge would have taken three years for completion,' said chairman of the Board and Executive Director, RTA, Mattar Al Tayer is quoted to have said.