Dubai's Sheikh Zayed Road bridge towards Abu Dhabi coming up fast

The completion rate of the excavation works for the canal has reached 52 per cent and drilling works are set for completion by the end of September 2016. (Supplied)

Work on the westbound Sheikh Zayed Road bridge near Interchange 2 in the direction of Abu Dhabi, is fast progressing.

The new bridge, which will see a stretch of Sheikh Zayed Road elevated, will make way for the three-kilometre long Dubai Canal that will stretch from Business Bay to the Arabian Gulf, cutting through E11, along with Al Wasl and Jumeirah Beach Road.

According to the last update by the Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai (RTA) in January, the completion of the Sheikh Zayed Road bridges had reached 70 per cent, while the overall Dubai Canal project stood at 61 per cent.

The RTA had said at the time, construction works for the southern bridge in the direction from Dubai to Abu Dhabi would commence after diverting traffic to the northern bridge in order to make way for the remaining excavation works of the canal underneath the bridges on Sheikh Zayed Road.

The northern bridge opened in early January, with an eight-lane elevated deck that starts near Interchange 2 and cuts across Business Bay, past the Al Safa tollgate for Dubai and Sharjah bound traffic.

No date has been given by the RTA as to when the new diversion will be implemented.

However, with the pillars erected, along with the motorway tarmaced, it would be only a matter of time.

Meanwhile, the completion rate of bridges on Al Wasl and Jumeirah Beach Road also crossed 67 per cent last month, and are expected to be opened by the end of July this year.

The Al Wasl bridge appears near completion, with workers at the site saying the road is now being laid in parts.

The completion rate of the excavation works for the canal has reached 52 per cent and drilling works are set for completion by the end of September 2016.

The Dubai Canal project, in its phase III, will also feature three pedestrian bridges, along with a walkway, running track, patios featuring interactive screens, sitting areas overlooking the Canal, state-of-the-art innovative lighting, and landscaping works.

The Walk of the Dubai Water Canal will be linked with the running track and the Walk of the Jumeirah Corniche, extending seven kilometres.

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