RTA takes special construction measures to reduce disruption to residents

High barriers will separate construction work from residents to ensure minimal disturbance, RTA chief announces

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In light of the recently-awarded contract to develop Phase II of the Dubai Water Canal, the RTA has announced it will undertake special measures to ensure construction work on-site does not hinder residents and drivers in the vicinity of the project.

The $104.5 million – worth contract to build bridges at Jumeirah and Al Wasl Roads was awarded to China State Construction Engineering Corporation Middle East (CSCECME) by the RTA, with the project’s completion target set for the fourth quarter of 2016.

RTA chairman and executive director of the board, H.E. Mattar Al Tayer said the roads authority will ensure traffic diversions are planned in a way that causes minimal disruption to residents in the localities.

“The contractor’s work area will be fully separated by a high barrier to keep the disturbance to road users and residents of the neighbourhood to the minimum,” Al Tayer confirmed.

“The number of lanes during the diversion stage will be equal to the existing number of lanes in order to make sure that such diversions will not have a negative impact on the existing traffic volumes, and accordingly avoid any congestion or delay caused by construction works.

“The RTA has drawn up plans governing traffic diversion to ensure smooth traffic flow such that the engineering design of the temporary traffic diversion will conform to the specifications of permanent roads in terms of engineering design, leveling of the asphalt surface, and the provision of lighting compatible to the design speed of the road in order to ensure the traffic safety of all road users,” Al Tayer added.

Road expansion projects, such as the expansion of roads at Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) in Dubai and the revamp of the National Paints Roundabout in Sharjah have previously hindered residents and drivers.

The completion of Dubai Canal’s second phase is targeted to “coincide with the completion of Phase I of the project covering the construction of a bridge on the Sheikh Zayed Road passing over the course of the Canal, allowing free navigation around the clock,” Al Tayer added.

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