The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is on its final stages of completion for Phase I of the main traffic diversion on Al Wasl Road nearby Safa Park. These preparations are needed for starting Phase II of the Dubai Water Canal Project. The diversion is expected to be fully opened by end of October this year.
Works in the Water Canal project are divided into three phases; the initial phase includes construction of bridges across the Water Canal on the Sheikh Zayed Road sector where an eight-lane bridges rising eight meters above the water level will be constructed in each direction, thus enabling free marine navigation.
The second phase includes construction of bridges across the Water Canal on the Jumeirah and Al Wasl Roads, comprising three lanes on the Jumeirah Road and two lanes on Al Wasl Road in each direction. The third and final phase includes digging a 3.2 km-long canal, filling works to create an Island on the beach side, constructing a marine wall around the Island to prepare a sand beach, building a marina for yachts, the Water Bus and constructing three footbridges.