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Old Posted Feb 20, 2008, 6:34 PM
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The world's largest arch bridge will be build in Dubai

New York architecture firm Fxfowle has released stunning design images of Dubai’s new $816.9 million bridge, which on completion will become the world's longest arch bridge.

Fxfowle’s design proposal was selected from four submissions from global design companies, and was inspired by ‘the rhythmic grace of Dubai Creek’s current, the elegant splendor of the sand dunes adjacent to the city, the lighting patterns of the lunar cycle and the design of the future Opera House’, the firm told London-based design news website World Architecture News.

The series of four images were released earlier this month, and include dramatic aerial night and day depictions of the completed arch bridge.
Construction is set to begin on the bridge next month and is expected to take four years. At 64 metres wide, the bridge will accommodate 12 lanes of traffic and a metro line running down its centre.

On completion the mega-bridge, which will measure 1,600 metres with an arch 205 metres high and 667 metres long, will overtake the Lupu Bridge in Shanghai as the longest in the world.

The bridge connects the Bur Dubai and Deira areas of the city and will be the sixth creek crossing. Currently the five Dubai Creek crossings are Al Shindagha Tunnel, Al Maktoum Bridge, the Floating Bridge, Al Garhoud Bridge and Business Bay Crossing.

The bridge will also include a metro station, an abra station and the manmade island on which an Opera theatre will be constructed.

Last month Mattar Al Tayer, executive director of the RTA, said the sixth crossing was one of the biggest projects ever undertaken by the RTA.

The RTA is currently investing around $22 billion in Dubai's transport infrastructure as it looks to reduce congestion.
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Old Posted Feb 22, 2008, 7:18 PM
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thnx 4 the gr8 news miss fran, cool stuff
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Old Posted Apr 14, 2008, 2:22 PM
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HOWLY COW..... What a bridge this must become!!! The Chinese wont be happy with this, as this bridge will definitly beat their arch bridge. The Lupu bridge (Shanghai) is currently the longest arch bridge in the world. A marvellous peace of engineering.

Looking forward on finding out more of this one... Go Dubai!

On the same website...

The new Al Garhoud Bridge officially launched on Saturday over Dubai Creek, opening 14 lanes of traffic between Bur Dubai and Deira.

More than 2,000 engineers, technicians and labourers were involved in the construction of the 1.7 km crossing, which took 24 months from design to completion.
Incorporating 143,000 tonnes of cement, it boasts 17 tonnes of steel pillars and 2,000 steel wires, and is expected to carry around 16,000 vehicles per hour.

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority also announced on Saturday the start of construction on a new sixth crossing, set to become the world’s longest arch bridge.
The 12-lane Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Crossing will link Al Jaddaf at Bur Dubai with the road separating the Lagoons project and Dubai Festival City. It will provide entry and exit points for the Creek Island on which the opera building will be constructed.

The 667 metre-high, 3 billion dirham ($817 million) crossing will handle around 20,000 vehicles per hour and is scheduled for completion in 2012.

Set 15 metres above the water, with a 205 metre-high arch, it will include a Dubai Metro station and incorporate a three metre-wide pedestrian walkway.

New York architecture firm Fxfowle said last month its design for the bridge was inspired by the “rhythmic grace of Dubai Creek’s current, the elegant splendour of the sand dunes adjacent to the city, the lighting patterns of the lunar cycle and the design of the future Opera House.”
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