Contracts include the last two phases of roads leading to the Expo project
Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) has awarded contracts worth $172 million for the construction of roads and transportation systems in connection with the upcoming Expo 2020 Dubai mega event, it has been announced.
According to a statement from RTA, these contracts include the last two phases (5 and 6) of the roads leading to the Expo project. These include improvements to both the Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road and the intersection of Emirates Road with Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road.
The main objective of the project is to ensure that there is a smooth traffic flow for visitors, as well as for future projects in the area, it added, highlighting that HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has issued a directive to immediately begin the construction of roads and transportation systems relating to the hosting of Expo 2020.
Over the past few months, RTA has awarded four contracts for the improvement of roads leading to the Expo project. Phases 1 and 2 include contracts for improving Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road and the intersection with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road. These two phases include the construction of bridges on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road to serve traffic coming to and from the Expo 2020.
“The improvement of roads leading to the Expo is one of the big projects currently undertaken by RTA to serve the needs of the Expo 2020 in Dubai. Due to the massive nature of the project, it had been split into six phases to ensure the timely completion of works, well before the opening of the Expo. Contracts for the previous four phases had already been awarded,” said Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors of RTA.
“Phase 5 covers the construction of bridges extending 2.6km, and roads running up to three km. Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road will be widened from three to six lanes in each direction over a three km sector, and service roads will be built to improve the current traffic situation.
“At the intersection with Al Asayel Road, Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road will be elevated to a bridge spanning 800m of six lanes in each direction. Two other bridges will be constructed to link Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road with a service road extending one km to ensure a smooth traffic flow from and to the Expo,” stated Al Tayer.
“During this phase, Al Asayel Road will have a surface signalised at the intersection with Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road to ensure a smooth entry and exit from and to Jebel Ali Industrial Area and Jafza.”
He explained that Phase 6 covers the improvement of roads leading to the Expo, encompassing the construction bridges, extending 1.4km and roads of eight kilometres in length.
“Lanes on Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road will be increased from four to six in each direction over a three-km stretch, and the Emirates Road will be upgraded over a five-km stretch. The existing roundabout at the junction of Emirates Road and Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road will be upgraded to a flyover to ensure free traffic flow in all directions,” he outlined.
As such, Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road will be elevated to a bridge of four lanes in each direction, while two-lane service roads will be built on both sides. There will be turns and ramps to facilitate the flow of traffic from Emirates Road to Abu Dhabi or vice versa, as well as from Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road to Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Road.
“Traffic will flow smoothly northward from Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road to Emirates Road, in the direction of Dubai, and southward from Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road to Emirates Road, in the direction of Abu Dhabi.”