Sheikh Mohammed approves $136m Dubai roadworks

A contract worth $136m has been approved for Tripoli Road's improvement to support the ongoing $133m Airport Road Improvement Project

A contract worth $136.1m has been awarded for the Tripoli Road improvement project. [Image: Dubai Media Office]
A contract worth $136.1m has been awarded for the Tripoli Road improvement project. [Image: Dubai Media Office]

A roadworks contract has been approved in Dubai as part of a $272.2m (AED1bn) effort to improve access between the emirate and Sharjah. 

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, approved the award of a $136.1m (AED500m) contract for the improvement of Tripoli Road in a 12km stretch to provide link Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road.

The development will be "a parallel and supporting corridor to the Airport Road Improvement Project".

Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is implementing the $133.4m (AED490m) Airport Road project, bringing the value of both developments to $272.2m.

RTA director general and chairman of the board of executive directors, Mattar Al Tayer, said the Dubai Ruler has directed that project teams "immediately start construction of several projects and transit systems recently approved" by him.

He added: "[This] project aims to enhance the link between Dubai and Sharjah besides easing traffic congestion, streamlining traffic movement, and stepping up safety along this corridor.

"Upon completion, the project will act as a parallel to Al Amardi–Al Khawaneej as well as Al Awir-Ras Al Khor corridors.

"The new project has an intake of about 12,000 vehicles per hour in both directions (6,000 vehicles per hour per direction) and is set to ease the traffic flow on these two corridors by 30%." 

As part of the project, Tripoli Road will be widened over a 6.5km stretch from the intersection with the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road near Mirdiff City Centre, up to Academic City Road.

It also includes the construction of a 5.3km three-lane road in each direction from the intersection of the Academic City up to the Emirates Road, bringing the overall legnth of the corridor to 12km, according to WAM

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