Bluewaters bridges almost complete, to open in Dec
Dubai - The project also includes the construction of ramps and a two-lane bridge from Dubai to the Island
Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), announced that 85 per cent work of the Bluewaters Island Access Bridges opposite to the JBR has been competed.
The project, undertaken by the RTA in conjunction with Meraas Holding Group at a cost of Dh475 million is set for completion in December this year.
"The project constructs bridges leading to Bluewaters Island linked with the JBR Interchange 5.5 on the Shaikh Zayed Road. Bridges providing access to the Island comprise a main bridge of two lanes in each direction stretching 1,400 metres in length and 25 metres wide. The bridges include two lanes of 5.5 metres in width designated for the planned Automated Personal Rapid Transit System to ease the mobility of visitors from and to the metro station (Nakheel Harbour & Tower) on the Shaikh Zayed Road nearby the Island. The project also includes the construction of ramps and a two-lane bridge from Dubai to the Island, and a single-lane ramp from Al Khail Road to the Island as well," stated Al Tayer.
"The bridges will provide free movement for motorists inbound from Abu Dhabi on Shaikh Zayed Road heading towards Bluewaters Island, and those inbound from Al Khail Road through Qarn Al Sabkha Street heading towards the Island. It will also provide seamless traffic movement from the Island to Dubai and Abu Dhabi via Shaikh Zayed Road. Project construction works also include road connections, lighting, bridges and other infrastructure works such as the shifting of impacted utility lines, as well as the construction of new ones for power, water, irrigation, sewage, and telecommunications among others," explained Al Tayer.
"The project will be served by an automated personal rapid transit system to lift visitors from the metro station to the festivities area. A footbridge will be constructed to link the Luxury Island with the waterfront of the JBR, and a teleferic (cable car) will be in place to shuttle visitors from and to the entertainment zone," added Al Tayer.