The Longest Arch-Bridge in the World
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE, and ruler of Dubai endorsed the design of the Sixth Crossing at Dubai Creek. Considered one of the massive projects undertaken in the field of roads by Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), the Sixth Crossing links Al Jaddaf, at Bur Dubai, with the road separating The Lagoons & Dubai Festival City. The project, which will be implemented over four years, also provides access to Creek Island on which Opera building will be built.
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum ordered special attention be paid to greenery and beautification along the two sides of the Sixth Crossing to add aesthetic appearance, ensuring that it will be compatible with the local habitat and maintain the civilized outlook of the emirate of Dubai.
The above was announced by H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, chairman and executive director of Roads & Transport Authority, at a press conference held in the presence of engineers on the project and other dignitaries.
"The Sixth Crossing is one of the biggest projects ever undertaken by the RTA in road construction. The project aims at easing traffic flow between the two banks of Dubai Creek and serving the new property developments. The project encompasses construction of roads network extending 12 km including 22 intersections (multi-tier intersections, surface intersections, and light signal-controlled intersections). In addition, there are junctions linking with Sheikh Rashid Road, Oud Maitha Road, Ras Al Khor Road, and the Sixth Crossing" said Mr. Al Tayer. He pointed out that at Bur Dubai side, the project serves Dubai Healthcare City, Sama Al-Jaddaf, and Culture Village, whereas at Deira it serves Dubai Festival City, The Lagoons, International City, and Dubai Design Centre.
H.E. Mattar Al Tayer stated the Sixth Crossing is a unique icon of Dubai worldwide. "The specialized global companies have been invited to compete in offering an outstanding aesthetic architectural design. Four world-class companies submitted their bids and the best design was selected based on sheer technical standards" he said.
According to Mr. Al Tayer, the Sixth Crossing is characterized by a striking design poised to be a landmark of the city reflecting its architectural & civilized identity. It is modeled after the shape of an arch, providing a stunning shape visible from multiple angles. It could be viewed like an acoustic wave forming a tone compatible with the Opera. It could also be viewed like a dune or a new moon in Dubai's night; symbolizing the Arabian Desert environment. He pointed out that the Bridge encompasses a metro station, abra station, and an artificial island that will be made in the Creek, with a theater for staging various events.
Mr. Al Tayer elaborated on the details of the Bridge and said that it measures 1600 m in length, and 64 m in width. It comprises 12 lanes, 6 at each direction, in addition to one metro line; where the Green Line of Dubai Metro will pass across the center of the Bridge (the dividing area between the two bridges). He pointed out that the giant arch has a height of 205 m and a length of 667 m; hence it will be the longest arch-bridge in the world.
The Crossing is capable of providing free traffic at all intersections and allows free navigation 24 hours a day as it rises 15 m above the water surface. The navigation corridor has a width of 50 m, enabling large yachts smooth navigation underpass.
H.E. Mattar Al Tayer stated that due to the immense nature of the project, it has been divided into six phases to ensure implementation as early as possible. The first stage encompasses construction works of the Sixth Crossing at Dubai Creek. The second phase includes construction of intersections on the Deira side to serve The Lagoon and Dubai Festival City. The third phase includes implementation of intersections on the Deira side extending from Nad Al Hammer up to Al Aweer Road. Phase four includes implementation of intersections at Bur Dubai linking the Sixth Crossing with Ras Al Khor (Business Bay Crossing). Phase five encompasses the construction of intersections at Bur Dubai linking the Sixth Crossing with Sheikh Rashid and Al Garhoud Bridge. The sixth phase includes the construction of intersections at Bur Dubai linking Ras Al Khor with Oud Maitha Road and parallel roads.
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