DoT invites bids for new Dubai-Abu Dhabi main road
Emirates Road extension to reduce pressure on Abu Dhabi-Dubai highway
Abu Dhabi’s Department of Transport (DoT) is inviting bids for a new highway linking Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
The road will consist of 62km of dual carriageway and extend the current E311(Emirates Road) from the western border at Seih Shuoaib, through Al Maha Forest and Khalifa Port Industrial Zone (B) and will join up at the Sweihan Road (E20) interchange.
It is expected to reduce traffic congestion on the E11, the only direct highway link between the UAE's two largest cities.
The E311 will accommodate up to 7,000 vehicles an hour, and will create new entrances to Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi International Airport, and Yas and Saadiyat Islands.
The DoT will issue two tenders for the AED2bn road project. The first tender is to construct 34km with three interchanges and the second tender will focus on the construction of 28km which will include three new interchanges. Each contract is expected to take 30 months to be completed.
The E311, which is expected to be ready by the end of 2014, is one of the biggest infrastructure projects that the DoT is working on as part of its Surface Transport Master Plan.