Dubai: Major diversions on Sheikh Zayed Road will begin by year end as part of phase one of the Dubai Canal project, Gulf News reported. Work on the proposed three-kilometre long Dubai Canal project has been under way since September 2013 and will be carried out in three phases.
Phase one will involve the relocation of underground utility lines from the area and building of a 16-lane flyover on Sheikh Zayed Road.
The diversions on Sheikh Zayed Road will be designed to allow for the construction of the 16-lane bridge that will span the proposed canal, while at the same time ensuring free flowing traffic.

Although the bridge will cover a distance of 550 metres, the diversion on Shaikh Zayed Road will stretch for one kilometre starting just after the Al Safa Salik Gate and extending till the second Interchange. Rising up to 8.5 metres, the flyover will allow luxury yachts and boats to pass under it.
“Our idea is to maintain the capacity of the road, so the speed limit and the number of lanes will remain the same. The traffic on both directions will be only slightly diverted but the movement of traffic will continue to be free flowing,” said Nabeel Mohammad Saleh, director of Roads of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

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