535 piers to support Green Line of Metro

DUBAI — As many as 535 piers would be constructed for supporting the viaducts along the Green Line of the Dubai Metro, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said yesterday.

Adnan Al Hammadi, Director of the Rail Projects Construction Department at the Rail Agency, stated in a Press release that the construction work was on at full pace.

"Pier caps, weighing 46 tons each, will be erected on top of these piers using cranes and other special equipment. The viaducts would come up on these piers. Erection of the pier caps is in progress along Al Nahda and Jaddaf area, and will progress in due course throughout the city. The Green Line, unlike the Red Line, will pass through the Central Business Districts of Dubai,” he said.

“Like the Red Line, the concrete segments of the viaduct span will be erected using launching girders supported by the piers of Dubai Metro. As the casting of viaducts segments is nearing completion on the Red Line, the launching gantries working on the line will be used on the Green Line. Eventually, these concrete segments will form the deck which is going to carry the Metro trains and support the station platforms and the rail tracks," he added.

The Red Line is 52.1km-long while the Green Line is shorter (22km) with a more localised route that focuses on two of Dubai’s most densely populated areas, Deira and Bur Dubai.

The Green Line will run from Al Ittihad Square through Deira and Bur Dubai to BurJuman, through Health Care City to Jaddaf in the south, and from Al Ittihad Square through Salahuddin Road to Al Qiyadah intersection towards Al Qusais area.

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