The Shindagha Tunnel.
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DUBAI – The 40-year-old Shindagha Tunnel will be demolished as part of efforts to upgrade Dubai’s road network, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced as it opened the Sana flyover on Saturday.
The RTA, however, did not give a timeline on the demolition plan. The Shindagha Tunnel is one of the busiest crossings on the creek, with more than 100,000 vehicles passing through it every day.
To improve traffic flow, the RTA is currently working on the Shindagha Corridor project, with phase two expected to begin later this year.
Phase two of the project is expected to cost Dh3.8 billion and includes the construction of a 12-lane Shindagha bridge.
The RTA said that this bridge will replace the Shindagha Tunnel and connect historic districts of Al Shindagha and Al Ras.
The bridge is expected to be 300 metres’ long and 22 metres’ wide. Dhows and yachts will be able to pass under the bridge, which will rise up to 15 metres high.
“The objective is to develop integrated solutions of roads and marine network that are safe for users, capable of matching the development plans and demographic growth, and encouraging the development and investment in Dubai,” said Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA. GAD/Expat Media
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