US $90mn contract awarded for improvement of Umm Suqeim Street Project

The project follows on from works completed by the RTA in 2013 and 2020

A US $90.39mn contract has been awarded for the improvement of the Umm Suqeim Street Project by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). The Improvement of Umm Suqeim Street Project is a 4.6km-long development that extends from Al Khail Road to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road.

According to the RTA, the project includes an upgrade of the intersection with Al Barsha South Street, located near Kings School, by constructing an 800m-long tunnel with four lanes in each direction on Umm Suqeim Street. A signalised surface intersection will also be constructed as a part of the project.

The project is crucial to enhance the connectivity between east-west transverse streets and north-south vertical streets. This project complements RTA’s continuous efforts to improve the corridor, as per Mattar Al Tayer, the Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA.

Al Tayer added, “This project aims to improve the connectivity of four major traffic corridors in Dubai: Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Khail Road, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, and Emirates Road. It will enhance the capacity of the streets to accommodate up to 16,000 vehicles per hour in both directions, ensure a smoother flow of traffic, and significantly reduce the travel time between Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Al Khail Road from 9.7 to 3.8 minutes. This project will serve various residential and developments areas, including Al Barsha South 1, 2, and 3, and Dubai Hills. These areas have an estimated population of about two million people.”

The RTA said that it completed the initial phase of the Improvement of Umm Suqeim Street Project in 2013. This phase covered the sector between Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road and resulted in the construction of two three-lane bridges, two signalised intersections and three pedestrian bridges. In 2020, the RTA also opened a central 500m bridge as part of the bridges and roads leading to Dubai Hills Mall.

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