Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has said that work on the Bluewaters Island access bridges is 85% complete.

Bluewaters Island – set opposite to Jumeirah Beach Residences (JBR) – is geared towards tourism and is set to be home to world’s largest Ferris wheel, a five-star hotel, as well as retail, residential and entertainment zones.

Work on the bridges – undertaken by the RTA in conjunction with developer Meraas Holding Group at a cost of $129 million – is likely be completed by December 2016.

“The project, which is nearing completion, aims to construct bridges leading to Bluewaters Island linked with the JBR Interchange 5.5 on the Sheikh Zayed Road. Bridges providing access to the Island comprise of a main bridge of two lanes in each direction stretching 1400m in length and 25m in width,” stated Mattar Al Tayer, the director-general and chairman of the RTA, in a statement.

“The bridges include two lanes of 5.5m in width designated for the planned Automated Personal Rapid Transit System to ease the mobility of visitors from and to the metro station (Nakheel Harbour & Tower) on the Sheikh Zayed Road nearby the Island. More info

By Gavin Davids