Thursday, January 31, 2008

Dh3bn sixth creek-crossing - world's longest Arch bridge

A 12-lane sixth crossing of Dubai Creek is to be built at a cost of Dh3 billion, the Roads and Transport Authority has announced.

The crossing will be the world’s longest arch bridge and will cover a distance of 1.6 kilometres, linking Al Jaddaf in Bur Dubai with a road separating The Lagoon and Dubai Festival City The design has been endorsed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The bridge, with a 205m-high, 607-metre long arch, will be able to carry more than 20,000 vehicles per hour in each direction. The Green Line of Dubai Metro will run across the centre of the upcoming bridge and a Metro and water transport station will also be constructed on the crossing.

The contract for the project was awarded to American firm FXFOWLE. It won the tender following an open invitation. Construction begins in March and the project will be completed in six different phases over four years. It includes the construction of a 12km road networks and 22 intersections leading on and off of the span.

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