The 'infinity' sign-shaped Shindagha Bridge project, worth $107.3m (AED394m), has been launched in Dubai.
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, unveiled the construction scheme.
Part of the $1.37bn (AED5.1bn) Shindagha Corridor project, Shindagha Bridge's design has been based on an infinity sign.
Shindagha Corridor is a 13km scheme along the Sheikh Rashid, Al Mina, Al Khaleej, and Cairo Streets.
Upon completion, Shindagha Bridge is expected to cater to its surrounding mega-developments, such as Deira Palm Island, Dubai Waterfront, Rashid Port, and the Dubai Maritime City.
Mattar Al Tayer, director general and board chairman of Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), said the bridge is being developed under Phase 3 of the Shindagha Corridor project, following the completion of its first two phases.
Extending for 295m – of which 150m is over the Dubai Creek – the bridge will comprise six lanes in each direction, in addition to a pedestrian crossing.
The bridge will be built 15.5m above the water level, allowing the passage of boats within the creek.
An architectural arch topping 42m, shaped as an infinity sign (∞), is featured within the project. Around 2,177 tonnes (2,400 tons) of steel will be used to build the bridge.
RTA unveiled Phase 2 of the Shindagha Corridor project this May, which included the opening of Sheikh Rashid Street-Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Street Junction.
Phase 3 of the project includes the construction of the Shindagha Bridge. Additional work in this phase includes the construction of the Corniche Street on Al Khaleej Street, as well as improvements to the Falcon Junction and the entry/exit points for Rashid Port.
The total length of the bridge is 8.5km. Its planned tunnels span 535m, while surface roads extend 8 km.
The project, which also involves the construction of 10 surface junctions, will be completed in 2022.
Phase 4 of the Shindagha Corridor scheme – due for completion by 2025 – includes the construction of Shindagha Bridge's extension, in addition to improvements to Al Khaleej Street's intersection with Abu Hail Street, and the improvement of Sheikh Rashid Street's intersection with Jumeirah Street, Al Mina Street, and Al Mankhoul Street.
These works require the construction of bridges (3.4km), tunnels (2.25km), seven surface junctions, and roads (5.1km).
Phase 5 of the project, which covers the construction of the Deira Southern Island, with bridges spanning 1.5km, is expected to be completed by 2027.
At an event held to launch the project, Sheikh Mohammed drew the infinity sign of the bridge on an electronic screen, following which the project's design was unveiled, heralding the start of construction works for the Shindagha Bridge.
The Dubai Ruler was accompanied by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, at the event, which was attended by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chief Executive of Emirates Group; HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, chairman of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation; and HH Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Dignitaries at the event reviewed the history of the Al Shindagha Roads Network's construction. In 1972, the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum signed an agreement in the UK to construct Al Shindagha Tunnel.
In 1986, the tunnel underwent its first maintenance programme, as part of which a coating was applied to the surface of the old concrete-steel system, the cracks around water barriers were treated, and a special type of plaster was used to protect the concrete tunnel works, WAM reported.