Infrastructure

First phase of $272m Dubai road project opens

Project is one of biggest being undertaken by Roads and Transport Authority

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The first phase of Dubai’s Parallel Roads Improvement Project in the Godolphin vicinity, which comprises two phases costing AED1 billion ($272m), has been opened, according to UAE state news agency WAM.

The project, which is part of the strategic plan of the Roads and Transport Authority, RTA, for easing the pressure on main roads, is one of the biggest currently being undertaken by the authority.

It spans 108 km starting from Sheikh Rashid Road in the north and ending on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi. It consists of bridges and surface junctions at the intersections of parallel roads with vertical roads extending 42 km.

The project includes improving the existing intersection of Al Meydan and Al Khail roads. Flyovers have been constructed to ease overlapping traffic and peak-hour congestion. It also includes the construction of a two-lane bridge to serve the traffic coming from Al Khail Road in the direction of Sharjah, passing through Al Asayel Road up to the intersection of Oud Metha Road.

It also includes the provision of direct entry/exit points for the Meydan Development Project, in addition to the construction of four underpasses extending 1,150 metres, of which 300 metres are covered and the rest are open.

The project encompasses the development and diversion of the infrastructure in the area as well as lighting and directional signage works.

The two phases of the Parallel Roads Project aim to ease traffic density by 15 percent on the Sheikh Zayed Road between the 1st and 2nd interchanges by providing additional entry/exit points to Business Bay and Burj Khalifa District. This will raise its capacity to 20,000 vehicles per hour in both directions and enhance the capacity of Meydan Road.

It will also shorten the journey time between Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road from 12 to 2.5 minutes, and ease the pressure on the Financial Centre Road. The phase 1 and 2 of the project include the construction of bridges extending 5,665 metres and tunnels extending 2,445 metres.

Phase 2 also includes the construction of a 240-metre flyover on the intersection of Al Saada Road with Burj Khalifa Boulevard Road, a 535-metre underpass at the intersection of Al Saada and Al Khaleej Roads, and a 500-metre bridge along the extension of Al Saada Road crossing over the Dubai Water Canal (construction completed with the opening of the Dubai Water Canal). It also included the construction of a 420-metre bridge at the intersection of Al Meydan and First Al Khail Roads, a 420-metre tunnel for left-side turns from Al Saada Road to Meydan Road, and a 340-metre underpass for horse crossing at the Godolphin Stables. These works are expected to be completed by mid-2018.

The completion rate of works at the intersection of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road and Sheikh Rashid Road has almost reached 60 percent. The main bridge on Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road is expected to be opened in the first half of 2018.

“The intersection of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road and Sheikh Rashid Road is part of a major project for upgrading the Al Shindagha roads network. The project is undertaken as part of the RTA’s master plan for upgrading the network of roads, bridges, crossings and tunnels to accommodate the growing traffic movement and improve mobility throughout Dubai,” said Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA.

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