Dubai's Floating Bridge: How Long Will It Stay Closed?
The Floating Bridge in Dubai, which connects Deira with Bur Dubai, was closed on April 17 for repair. It will stay closed "until further notice" for technical testing, the Roads and Transport Authority announced on Saturday.
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Floating Bridge in Dubai Remains Shut Indefinitely
The government said last month that the bridge has been closed for renovation since Monday, April 17
On May 22, it was supposed to reopen to traffic. But the RTA insisted such tests are necessary
The RTA said on Saturday that "the Floating Bridge closure has been extended in both directions until further notice,
To avoid traffic, drivers have been urged to keep using other routes and crossings
As alternatives to important roadways including Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road, the RTA advised using the Al Maktoum Bridge Infinity Bridge, Al Garhoud Bridge, and Al Mamzar exit coming from Al Ittihad Street.
For 16 years, the Floating Bridge has been operating, easing traffic between Deira and Bur Dubai.
One of the six bridges on Dubai Creek is the pontoon bridge.
The bridge goes up at 10 p.m. to allow boats on the Creek to pass and is reversed at 6 a.m. to allow traffic to traverse the canal while the bridge is up thanks to a 10-minute operation every night
To handle traffic traveling in both directions, it features two separate bridge constructions that span the whole Creek,
A steel swing gate that is hydraulically operated swings open and shut every morning and evening between the two 115-meter-long concrete pontoons,
Thousands of vehicles may pass over the six-lane structure each hour, with up to 6,000 at one time peak hours.