Dubai’s Al Maktoum Bridge will be closed for five weeks on Fridays

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Dubai's Al Maktoum Bridge. - Supplied Photo

Staff Report

Dubai: The famous and busy Al Maktoum Bridge will be closed on Fridays for five weeks starting from October 27, 2017 until November 24, 2017, it was announced on Monday.
The Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is poised to carry out the annual maintenance of Al Maktoum Bridge as part of its strategic goals of safety, environmental sustainability and asset sustainability.
The bridge will be closed for road and marine traffic on Fridays — starting from October 27, 2017 until November 24, 2017, from 1am to 9am. Marine traffic will be limited to Sundays and Thursdays between 1am to 5am.
Nazim Faisal, Director of Roads and Facilities Maintenance at RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency said: “RTA attaches great importance to maintaining assets and facilities by performing the required periodic preventive maintenance.”
“The bridge would be closed for road and marine traffic on Fridays only starting from 27 October 2017 until 24 November 2017 from 01am to 9am. Marine traffic will be limited to Sundays and Thursdays between 1am to 5am,” he added.
“The tentative operation would be undertaken after the completion of all routine, preventive and corrective maintenance of various electro-mechanical systems and a final inspection would be carried out to ensure the effective operation and safety of the facility and its users,” added Faisal.
“During the closure of Al Maktoum Bridge, the traffic would be diverted to alternative routes — including Al Shandagha Tunnel, Al Garhoud Bridge and the Business Bay Crossing, in addition to exit points of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road,” said the official.
These arrangements would ensure a smooth traffic flow during the closure, taking into account the closure timing of the Floating Bridge.
The RTA confirms that the alternative routes are capable of accommodating the traffic in the area on Fridays when traffic is significantly less compared to the other days,” he concluded. – abdulbasit@theuaenews.com