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$26bn investment in Dubai roads for 2020

The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will spend US $26 billion (AED 95 billion) on road building as part of its 2020 plan.

he RTA's plan includes nine new ring roads and 95 interchanges across the emirate
he RTA's plan includes nine new ring roads and 95 interchanges across the emirate

The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will spend US $26 billion (AED 95 billion) on road building as part of its 2020 plan.

The plan includes the construction of nine ring roads and 95 interchanges across the emirate, while a further 25 interchanges will undergo modification.

The new ring roads will be built around focal development areas including Deira and Bur Dubai, Business Bay, Dubailand and the upcoming Jebel Ali Airport.

Dr Abdel Malik Ibrahim Abu Sheikh, head of transportation studies and planning section, RTA, told Construction Week: "The main requirement the RTA has for developers looking to work with it on new infrastructure jobs is a comprehensive study that would help understand how everything would work in 2020."

The total length of new road building is expected to be 500km, carrying a budget of $12 billion.

The number of lanes across Dubai Creek will also be increased from the current 40 to 47 in 2008, and to 100 in 2020.

"The biggest reason for congestion on our roads is insufficient road capacity, but I would like to stress that building more roads is not the solution to our traffic problem," added Sheikh.

Sheikh outlined the main problems that are being faced by the RTA, which include congestion, transportation safety, encouraging the use of public transport and improving the transportation environment.

"We are trying to encourage alternative modes of transport such as cycling and walking, and this is evident by our bicycle network masterplan which has been finalised and is being implemented in phases, with the first phase already having begun."

When completed, the Dubai Metro network is expected to cover a total of 318km, the tram network 270km, the bus network 3,000km and the marine transport network 450km.

Construction of the metro's Red and Green lines is already underway, while work on the Purple line is expected to begin in 2009, and the Blue line will follow within two to three years.

"We want to move people out of their cars and into our modern public transport facilities," said Sheikh.

The RTA has developed its transportation plan in coordination with six international consultants including US-based Parsons, Germany's PTV, South Africa's Africon and Urban Econ and two UK companies, MVA and WSP.

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