Al Garhoud Bridge

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Al Garhoud Bridge
Carries Vehicles
Crosses Dubai Creek
Locale Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Maintained by Roads and Transport Authority
Characteristics
Total length 520 metres (1,710 ft)
Clearance below 16 metres (52 ft)
History
Constructed by New: BESIX
Opened Old: 1976
New: 2008
Closed Old: 2008

Al Garhoud Bridge (In Arabic: جسر القرهود) is one of four road bridges over Dubai Creek, and one of five crossings, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Al Garhoud Bridge forms the eastern end of the road toll (called Salik) that went into effect on 1 July 2007. Since the beginning of Salik, Al Garhoud Bridge has seen low amounts of traffic for Dubai.

Old Al Garhoud Bridge[edit]

The old Al Garhoud Bridge was the second bridge constructed that crossed the Creek, after Al Maktoum Bridge. The bridge opened in 1976. In 2007, nearly 9,000 vehicles crossed the bridge every hour at peak flow.[1] It has been the cause of huge traffic jams in Dubai. The main reason for this was the number of roads that fed into the bridge. On the Bur Dubai-bound lanes, seven lanes (from three different roads) convergeed into three lanes.[2] For the Deira-bound lanes, five lanes converged into three lanes.[2] Also, the bridge had to be closed to allow large boats to pass under it.[3] The bridge had a total of 6 lanes: 3 lanes in each direction.

New Al Garhoud Bridge[edit]

New Al Garhoud Bridge under construction by BESIX (progress photo taken on 1 May 2007)

To solve the major traffic problems caused by the old bridge, a replacement was constructed between 2006 and 2008 by Belgian main contractor BESIX.[4] The bridge, which cost 415 million dirhams,[2] is meant to add more lanes of road that cross Dubai Creek. The new Al Garhoud Bridge has a total of 14 lanes, 7 in each direction.[2] It is able to handle 16,000 vehicles per hour.[2] Construction of the bridge began in February 2006 and by 26 September 2007, 76% of the construction was completed.[2] The bridge is 520 metres (1,706 ft) long and 16 metres (52.5 ft) above the water.[2] On 15 December 2007, four lanes on the Deira-bound side were opened to vehicle traffic.[5] Then on 15 March 2008, as had been scheduled,[2] remaining lanes on both sides were opened.[6] The old bridge was demolished after the new bridge opened.[3][5] Shortly after the bridge opened, the Roads and Transport Authority announced that Al Garhoud Bridge would be decorated with artwork that look like sand dunes during the day and waves at night with the aid of lighting.[7]

Photo gallery[edit]

Construction Photos on 31 January 2007

Construction Photos on 1 May 2007

Construction Photo on 31 May 2007

Construction Photo on 18 October 2007

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Taxi users in Dubai to pay road toll". Khaleej Times. 2007-02-15. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Garhoud bridge will handle 16,000 vehicles an hour". Gulf News. 2007-09-25. Archived from the original on 14 January 2008. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  3. ^ a b "New Garhoud bridge to be opened by mid-December with eight lanes". Gulf News. 2007-10-02. Retrieved 2007-10-02. 
  4. ^ "Besix unleashes monster Garhoud span". Arabian Business. 2006-11-25. 
  5. ^ a b "New Al Garhoud Bridge partially opened". Gulf News. 2007-12-16. Archived from the original on 24 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-01. 
  6. ^ "New Al Garhoud Bridge to open on Saturday". Gulf News. 2008-03-14. Archived from the original on 20 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-01. 
  7. ^ "Artistic vision for Garhoud Bridge". Gulf News. 2008-04-19. Archived from the original on 24 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-01. 

Coordinates: 25°14′02″N 55°20′15″E / 25.233885°N 55.337362°E / 25.233885; 55.337362