Transportation planning, detailed design, construction supervision
Dubai, the second largest of the seven emirates that constitute the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is the hub of commerce and tourism in the Middle East today. To keep pace with rapid development, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has made significant investments to upgrade Dubai’s roads network. The Business Bay Bridge and Interchange project was one of the RTA’s major initiatives aimed at enhancing the roads network in Dubai.
The Dubai Creek is a natural inlet of the Arabian Gulf that extends 14 km inland into Dubai. Before the construction of the Business Bay Bridge, the Maktoum Bridge, Garhoud Bridge, and Shindaga Tunnel were the only existing creek crossing structures. All three locations experienced severe traffic congestion during rush hour. This traffic created an urgent need for additional creek-crossing capacity.
Parsons was the only consultant to recommend constructing an entirely new road corridor, the Ras Al Khor Corridor, which would include a new creek crossing (later named the Business Bay Bridge) to reduce congestion in the existing corridors. Parsons provided transportation planning, detailed design, and construction supervision services for this high-profile project—the first crossing to be built across the Dubai Creek in 25 years—that will eventually carry up to 26,000 vehicles per hour across the creek.
The Business Bay Bridge was constructed with high regard for environmental issues to ensure minimal disruption to water flow in the creek. The main crossing is approximately 510 m: two 55-m-long end spans and five intermediate spans, each 80 m long.
Although the existing Maktoum and Garhoud bridges are moveable-span bridges, Parsons recommended constructing the new Business Bay Bridge as a fixed-span bridge with a clearance of 15 m, which is adequate to accommodate the leisure crafts that use the creek. Advantages of the fixed-span bridge are uninterrupted traffic flow, lower operating costs, and faster construction.
The Business Bay Bridge was inaugurated at a grand ceremony on March 13, 2007. The inauguration featured Dubai dignitaries as well as the Dubai RTA Board Chairman and Executive Director who acknowledged and appreciated Parsons’ contribution to the project’s success.
Featured May 2007/Updated Jul 2017