UAE: $572m Dubai-Abu Dhabi highway 70% complete
Abu Dhabi General Service Company (Musanada) said the project, which is an extension of the Mohamed Bin Zayed Road (E311), will be completed by the end of 2016
Construction work on a $571.7m (AED2.1bn) highway linking the UAE's Abu Dhabi and Dubai Emirates is 70% complete.
The announcement was made by Abu Dhabi General Service Company (Musanada).
Spanning between Seih Shuaib to Sweihan Interchange, the road is due for completion by the end of this year.
According to state agency WAM, the highway will comprise four lanes in both directions, and is an extension of the Mohamed Bin Zayed Road (E311) in Seih Shuaib at the Dubai border.
The road is expected to pass through Al Maha Forest, Kizad, Al Ajban Road, and Zayed Military City.
Six bridges and six underground passes are also being constructed as a part of the project.
Eng. Faisal Ahmed Al Suwaidi, director-general of highways at the Department of Transport, said: "The new highway will relieve the traffic pressure on the current Abu Dhabi-Dubai Road, bring down the number of accidents, connect Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone with the current and future road network.
"When complete, the project will form part of an additional road linking Abu Dhabi with Dubai and the Northern Emirates," he reportedly added.