DUBAI 26 April 2017: The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai will continue the closure of the Floating Bridge on Fridays i.e. from 10pm each Thursday up to 6am on the following Saturday.
“The extended duration of the Floating Bridge closure will be matched by a corresponding extension of the free crossing over Al Maktoum Bridge,” said Maitha bin Adai, CEO of RTA’s Traffic & Roads Agency.
Free crossing on Al Maktoum Bridge comes to 32 hours a week.
The Salik-free Floating Bridge closure will offer more time to ships and marine transit modes to navigate through the Dubai Creek, especially after the opening of the Dubai Water Canal, which is stimulating marine traffic in the area.
“The decision has been taken in the light of specialist and comprehensive traffic studies, which revealed that Al Maktoum Bridge, Al Garhoud Bridge and Al Shandagha Tunnel are capable of accommodating the traffic movement in the area on Fridays where it is significantly less,” noted Maitha.
By Angel Chan