The project covered constructing bridges extending 7km, roads spanning 43km and 3 flyovers
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has opened the last two phases of roads leading to the Expo 2020 site. Scope of work in the two phases included a flyover linking Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Expo Road as well as two flyovers on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road to ensure a smooth traffic flow to and from the site of the Expo event.
The project also included bridges extending 7km and roads extending 43km in addition to three interchanges, said the statement from RTA. The improvement of roads leading to the Expo was one of the biggest road projects undertaken by RTA for the Expo. Due to its massive scope, the project had been divided into six phases to ensure the timely completion of all works, it stated.
Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, the director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors of RTA, said: “Work on the last phase included transforming the previous roundabout at the intersection of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road and Expo Road into a flyover enabling free movement in all directions.”
“The work included widening and elevating Expo Road by constructing two bridges of six lanes in each direction along with turns and ramps to ensure smooth traffic flow from Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road to Abu Dhabi and vice versa. This will ease the traffic movement from Expo Road to Sheikh Zayed Road,” he stated.
He added these improvements will ease the traffic flow from Expo Road Northwards to Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road in the direction of Dubai, and from Expo Road Southwards to the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road in the direction of Abu Dhabi.
“Additionally, the project covered the work spanning 27km on Expo Road and widening it from four to six lanes in each direction together with service roads in both directions. Four bridges have been constructed on Expo Road to ease the traffic movement from and to the expo site,” he said.
Moreover, RTA said it had set a master mobility plan for the expo to ensure safe and smooth transport of Expo visitors. It also undertook Route 2020 project for extending Dubai Metro Red Line 15km from Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station to the site of the expo, RTA stated.
Al Tayer said the project would increase the capacity of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road from 8,000 to 60,000 vehicles per hour and slash the transit time on Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road from Al Houdh Interchange to the entry of Al Maktoum Airport from 35 to 6 minutes. He stated: “The concluding phase of the project covered the construction of two flyovers on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road to ensure a smooth traffic flow from and to the site of the expo in addition to road works extending 16km,” said Al Tayer, adding that it will also provide a direct exit from the expo to the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road Northwards to Dubai.