Recently a planned issued of Building Seventh Crossing on Dubai Creek. A new crossing will be built on Dubai Creek between Al Garhoud and Al Maktoum Bridges replacing the existing Floating Bridge to further ease traffic congestion, said a senior official at the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority. His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, approved the design of the Seventh Crossing named ‘Dubai Smile’ on Dubai Creek.
The project, which boasts of an iconic structure, will cost Dh810 million and will be completed by 2012. It will be located between the Dubai Creek Park and the Dubai Courts from Bur Dubai side, and the Deira City Centre and Dubai Golf Club from Deira side.
“The Seventh Crossing ranks among the unique and landmark projects undertaken by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), which aims to ease traffic flow across Dubai Creek. RTA is keen to turn the seventh crossing into an iconic distinctive structure of Dubai worldwide,” said Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA.
He said the crossing will provide free movement of traffic in all directions and full navigational traffic 24 hours a day as it rises 15 metres above the water level of the Creek, while the width of the waterway is 400 metres, enabling large yachts to pass through.
It comprises construction of roads and two underpasses to accommodate traffic inbound from Tariq Bin Ziyad Road and Umm Hurair Road to the junction of Al Riyadh Road and the extension of the 7th Crossing (currently the Floating Bridge) consisting of 2 lanes in each direction.
The first underpass passes from Tariq bin Ziyad Road under Al Maktoum and the second one, which serves traffic inbound from Umm Hurair Road, passes through Oud Metha Park.
The underpasses converge forming a 4-lane underpass towards Al Riyadh Road via Rashid Hospital. The junction of Al Riyadh Road with the extension of the Floating Bridge will be transformed to a four-direction interchange.
The project also includes widening of Tariq Bin Ziyad Road and improvements of Oud Metha and Umm Hurair Roads, as well as construction of a road to cater for the traffic inbound from the Floating Bridge towards Tariq Bin Ziyad Road.
From Deira direction, the 7th Crossing will be linked with Al Ittihad Road, which is currently being widened by the RTA at a cost of Dh800 million.