Infinity’ Bridge in Dubai to enhance Dubai Maritime City
Known for its structural marvels, Dubai has set its eyes on the infinity with its latest “Infinity” Bridge – opened on January 16, for traffic.
Inaugurated by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE – the Infinity Bridge consists of six lanes in each direction and boasts the arch-shaped like an infinity symbol. He stated, “The road and transport sector is a vital sector that supports economic growth and social welfare, and we continue to advance it, and our investments in it have exceeded 140 billion dirhams over the past fifteen years.”
Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the Board of Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), and Lieutenant-General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, commander-in-chief of Dubai Police have visited the bridge and reviewed the traffic diversions.
Al Shindagha Corridor Project – Infinity Bridge
Infinity Bridge is a key component of Al Shindagha Corridor Project, which was announced in 2018. The entire project is divided into 11 segments, where the construction began in 2016 and is expected to be completed by 2027. Infinity Bridge spans 13km, rising 15.5m above the Dubai Creek, along Sheikh Rashid Street, Al Mina Street, Al Khaleej Street, and Cairo Street.
Note: After the inauguration of Infinity Bridge, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has closed the 46 years old Al Shindagha Tunnel that was earlier connecting Deira with Bur Dubai. Infinity Bridge will connect the area now, which will also save a lot of precious time.
Infinity Bridge constitutes Phase 3 of the lucrative project, which will also feature 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.
Phase 3 was initiated after Phase 2 was launched with the opening of Sheikh Rashid Street-Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Street Junction.
Design and structure
The bridge stands out due to its one-of-a-kind design that boasts a 42-meter-high metallic arch, from which the infinity symbol extends out, wrapping itself around the underside of the bridge at each end. The Bridge holds a design significance, as it does not just feature six lanes in each direction but also a pedestrian crossing.
According to the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) report, the bridge can easily accommodate 24,000 vehicles in both directions. It will just take 2 to 3 minutes to cross over the bridge, depending upon the traffic inflow but it is designed in a way that will make it have fewer chances for traffic jams.
Dubai Maritime City (DMCA) is one of the most ambitious programs of the Emirate that has already taken shape with many workshops on-site and strategic partnerships aiming to become the world’s maritime cluster.
According to an official of DMCA ‘We look forward to implementing the ambitious programs and initiatives aimed at investing in R&D, training, and maritime innovation in line with the objectives of MSS to transform Dubai into one of the world’s most competitive maritime centres and among the globe’s most sustainable cities with steady economic growth according to Dubai Plan 2021.
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