Repair on tunnel and bridges end

DUBAI - The General Maintenance Department of Dubai Municipality has completed maintenance works of Al Shindagha Tunnel and Al Maktoum and Al Garhoud bridges, Sultan Al Khafaili, Head of the Roads Maintenance Section at the General Maintenance Department at the civic body, said.

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Published: Mon 9 Feb 2004, 12:22 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:38 PM

The annual maintenance of these structures comes as part of the section’s efforts to enhance public safety through maintenance of the infrastructure facilities, Al Khafaili added.

He added that maintenance works of Al Garhoud Bridge began in October last year while the same for Al Maktoum Bridge began in November and Al Shindagha Tunnel in December.

“Works have been carried out without any hindrance to the traffic - both on the road and in the creek. We had taken every step to ensure that the smooth traffic flow is not affected,” Al Khafaili said, noting that timing for the closure of the tunnel and the bridges had been chosen according to convenience of the motorists. “For instance, maintenance of the Shindagha Tunnel was carried out in two stages. The works in the Deira-Bur Dubai direction were carried out between 1 and 11 December 2003, while works on the tunnel in the Bur Dubai-Deira direction were carried out from December 13 to 18. And the tunnel was closed during the first two weeks of December from 12 midnight to 6 in the morning,” he added.

The annual maintenance works at Al Shindagha Tunnel and Al Maktoum and Al Garhoud bridges, Al Khafaili added; include conducting several inspections to determine the condition of these facilities. Samples from each facility are tested at a specialised laboratory on a regular basis, while the maintenance works are conducted under the supervision of the municipal engineers.

He thanked Dubai Police personnel for effectively controlling traffic at the work sites during the time of the work and noted that the Roads Maintenance Section would continue to improve its maintenance programmes for road structures.

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