EXCLUSIVE: Dubai sets October deadline for new Creek bridge

02 October 2017

The crossing is part of the Shindagha corridor scheme

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has invited selected firms to submit their credentials for building a signature bridge across the Dubai Creek by 15 October.

The crossing, which is known as the Infinity Bridge, will be built near to the mouth of the Creek and is part of the larger Shindagha Corridor scheme that runs through Bur Dubai and Deira.

The bridge will be a box girder bridge with a decorative infinity arch that offers minimal structural functionality. The bridge will have a total length of about 300 metres with 15 metres of clearance above the waters of the Creek. It is expected that it will take 24 months to build.

The US’ Parsons is the consultant for the scheme.

The deal for the first section of the Shindagha corridor scheme was awarded in early 2016, when the local Wade Adams Contracting secured a AED611m ($166m) deal for the upgrade of the Sana junction in the Karama area next to Zabeel Park on the road leading from World Trade Centre to BurJuman mall.

That work also includes the construction of a 300-metre-long and 22-metre-wide bridge, as well as a 15-metre-deep underpass.

Dubai is planning another new bridge across the Creek. The RTA has appointed the US’ Parsons for the design of a crossing that will bridge the waterway in the Ras al-Khor area and will provide access to the Dubai Creek Harbour development from the Oud Metha/Jadaf area.

Parsons’ will prepare designs for a signature bridge and less expensive crossing with a more basic design. It is understood that the crossing, in addition to road traffic, will also be used by the proposed Dubai Metro Green Line extension that will connect Creek Station with Academic City.

A crossing in that area has been designed before. In 2006, the RTA Parsons to prepare designs for a Sixth Crossing that at the time would have linked the Lagoons (which is now Dubai Creek Harbour) and Dubai Health Care City phase II.

The RTA was also planning to move forward with the construction of the new Ittihad Bridge that will replace the existing Floating Bridge. After receiving expressions of interest (EoIs) from contractors in 2014 there has been little progress on the project.

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