RTA opens $62m Al Houdh Interchange in Dubai
The $62m operation brings the total cost of improving and widening Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed road from Dubai – near Sharjah – till Al Houdh Interchange to $519.9m
Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) recently inaugurated the $62m (AED228m) last phase of the Al Houdh Interchange in the city as part of its $519.9m (AED1.91bn) project to improve and widen the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed road.
Traffic from Al Yalayis road now heading eastwards to the Dubai Investment Park, and to Sheikh Zayed road and Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority in the west.
The opening of the interchange, situated between Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed road and Al Yalayis road, follows construction completion of four east-west bridges extending along Al Yalayis Rd comprising three lanes in each direction.
Works carried out prior to the final phase's completion also included modifying the path of some existing roads to improve the traffic movement at the interchange.
The $62m operation brings the total cost of improving and widening Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed road from the outskirts of Dubai, near Sharjah, till Al Houdh Interchange to $519.9m.
HE Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors at RTA, said the Al Houdh project comprises upgrading a roundabout along the road from a signalised junction into a flyover, while also "accommodating for the path of Etihad Rail".
"The project also encompasses the widening of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed road in an 11 km-long sector, extending from Al Houdh roundabout to the junction leading to Al Maktoum International Airport from three to six lanes in each direction," he added, according to Dubai Media Office.