6 June opening of project follows phase one’s November completion
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will open phase two of the Parallel Roads Improvement Project in Business Bay on June 6. The project is part of the RTA’s plan to ease congestion on Sheikh Zayed Road.
As part of phase two, the RTA made improvements to the western section of the Parallel Roads between Al Meydan and Financial streets across Business Bay. The RTA also widened the street from three to four lanes and built service roads in most parts of the project.
Additionally, the RTA developed a 420m bridge at the Al Meydan and First Al Khail streets intersection, a 420m tunnel for left turns from Al Sa’ada Street to Meydan Street, as well as a 340m underpass to service the Dubai Stables.
“Phase two covered the construction of a 240m flyover on the intersection of Al Sa’ada and Burj Khalifa Boulevard streets, a 535m underpass at the intersection of Al Sa’ada and the Business Bay streets, and a 500m bridge along the extension of Al Sa’ada Street crossing over the Dubai Water Canal,” explained Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors of the RTA.
According to the RTA, the changes will ensure the smooth flow of traffic on Al Sa’ada Street, especially in the section between the Financial Centre and Al Meydan streets and across Business Bay up to Al Quoz.
“The two phases of the Parallel Roads Project aims to ease the traffic density by 15% on Sheikh Zayed Road between the first and second interchanges by providing additional entry/exit points to the Business Bay and Burj Khalifa districts,” said Al Tayer.
According to Al Tayer, the upgrade will increase the capacity to 20,000 vehicles per hour in both directions and increase the capacity of Meydan Street.
“Upon completion, the project will cut the journey time between Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Street from 12- to 2.5-minutes, provide a ramp to Meydan Property Development Project and ease the traffic pressure on the Financial Centre Street. Phases one and two of the project include the construction of bridges spanning 5,665m and tunnels extending 2,445m,” Al Tayer said.