The project will double the capacity of the road from 8,000 vehicles to 16,000 vehicles per hour in both directions
A $187.6mn contract has been awarded by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to double the number of lanes on Hessa Street from two to four in each direction. The upgrade will boost the road’s capacity by 100% to allow 8,000 vehicles per hour.
According to the RTA, the Hessa Street Improvement Project is 4.5km long, from the intersection with Sheikh Zayed Road to the intersection with Al Khail Road. The project involves the revamping of four main intersections along Hessa Street, including Sheikh Zayed Road, First Al Khail Street, Al Asayel Street, and Al Khail Road. Works also include constructing a 13.5km cycling track.
“Hessa Street Improvement Project is an important project for developing the infrastructure of the roads network. The project serves several residential and development communities, such as Al Sufouh 2, Al Barsha residential area, and Jumeirah Village Circle. The population of areas served by the project is expected to reach more than 640,000 individuals by 2030. The project will double the capacity of Hessa Street from 8,000 vehicles to 16,000 vehicles per hour in both directions,” stated Mattar Al Tayer, Director General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA.
He added, “The project includes the improvement of four main intersections. The first is the intersection of Hessa Street with Sheikh Zayed Road, which will have a two-lane directional ramp passing over the route of the Dubai Metro Red Line to serve traffic heading rightward from Sheikh Zayed Road to Hessa Street Eastwards to the Emirates Road. The second entails upgrading the intersection of Hessa Street with First Al Khail Street by increasing the number of lanes on the existing bridge of Hessa Street from three to four lanes in each direction, along with traffic improvements to the surface signalised junction.”
“The third covers improving the intersection of Hessa Street and Al Asayel Street by increasing the number of lanes from two to four in each direction along Hessa Street, in addition to traffic improvements to the surface signalised junction. The fourth is the intersection of Hessa Street with Al Khail Road and includes constructing a two-lane directional ramp to serve the traffic bound Northwards to Al Khail Road in the direction of Sharjah,” explained Al Tayer.
The project is said to be in response to the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, and the follow-up of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the Executive Council to continue with the development of roads infrastructure to keep pace with the fast development seen by Dubai.
Discussing the cycling track, Al Tayer remarked, “The project also encompasses constructing a 13.5km track for bicycles and e-scooters measuring 4.5m in width, 2.5m for bicycle and e-scooters, and 2m for pedestrians. The track connects Al Sufouh to Dubai Hills via Hessa Street, serving residential areas like Al Sufouh, Al Barsha, and Barsha Heights. It improves first and last-mile connectivity by linking with the Dubai Internet City Metro Station along with commercial and service destinations in the vicinity.”
The new cycling track will feature two bridges: the first bridge crosses Sheikh Zayed Road, and the second crosses Al Khail Road and measures 5m in width (3m for bicycles and e-scooters), and the remaining 2m for pedestrians. The design of Al Khail Road bridge has a unique geometric inspiration from the surrounding environment.
The RTA said it also constructed a ramp passing above Al Houdh Intersection linking Al Yalayis Street inbound from Jebel Ali to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road. It extends 2.5km and encompasses five lanes: three lanes in the direction of Dubai and two lanes in the direction of Abu Dhabi.