RTA approves $218m road project in Dubai

Works will link the Jumeirah district with Al Khail Road and the Parallel Roads

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Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that work is set to start on a major roadworks project that will link the Jumeirah district with Al Khail Road and the Parallel Roads.

The project will cost $218 million and it is scheduled to be completed by the first quarter of 2019.

The move comes in the wake of approval from HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Scope of work for the strategic project will include the construction of a flyover at the intersection of Latifa Bint Hamdan Street and the First Al-Khail Street, in addition to a signalised surface junction under the bridge.

The project will also include the improvement of the Umm Al-Sheef Street and Al-Wasl Street intersection, as well as work on main surface roads, service roads and landscaping works along Sheikh Zayed Road, between Al Safa and Al Manara Interchanges, a statement from RTA said.

In addition, work will be carried out along Umm Al-Sheef Street, Latifa Bint Hamdan Street and Al Zommorud Street, it added.

This project is part of the RTA masterplan to improve the network of roads, bridges, underpasses and crossings in the Emirate, so as to accommodate growing traffic volumes, and ease mobility in various sectors of Dubai.

It also complements ongoing plans for improving vertical traffic corridors, such as Airport Street, Tripoli Street, Al Yalayes Street and Al Asayel Street, the statement said.

The first contract has been awarded to China State Company and it will cover the construction of Latifa Bint Hamdan Street and Umm Al-Sheef Street from Al-Safa Interchange (2nd I/C) to Al-Manara Interchange on the Sheikh Zayed Road (3rd I/C), said Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors of the RTA.

“The project will link Jumeirah with Al Khail Road and Parallel Roads (First Al Khail Road and Al Asayel Road) through two-level roads & bridges offering free traffic flow.

“Vehicles will then move seamlessly from Umm Al-Sheef St. to Al Wasl St., Sheikh Zayed Road (SZR) and up to Latifa Bint Hamdan St. Traffic will also flow freely from Al-Zommorrud St. eastward to SZR. The two bridges will be linked with the SZR through bridges offering free exits,” he noted.

“The new bridges to be constructed above and underneath the route of the Dubai Metro Red Line will have no impact on the operation of the metro.”

A second contract has been awarded to the National Contracting Company for the link between SZR and Al-Khail Road, with Jumeirah to the West and Dubailand to the East. It also includes the improvement of the Al Quoz enterances, as well as a number of development projects.

“The project covers improvements of the existing road from the Interchange of First Al Khail Road (currently under construction as part of the improvement of Umm Al Sheef-Latifa Bint Hamdan Streets junction Project at the SZR) to the Interchange of Al Khail Road,” remarked Al Tayer.

Improvement works will cover all intersections along this three km-sector. Improvement works will also extend to the intersection of Al Asayel-Latifa Bint Hamdan Streets to transform it from a surface signalised junction into a multi-level interchange.


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