RTA completes 85% of Phase 1 of $272m road project

RTA's Parallel Roads Improvement Project comprises two phases with a combined value of $272.3m (AED1bn) and is being implemented to ease traffic congestion on Sheikh Zayed Road

Phase 1 of RTA's Parallel Roads Improvement Project is 85% complete [image: WAM].
Phase 1 of RTA's Parallel Roads Improvement Project is 85% complete [image: WAM].

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that it has completed 85% of Phase 1 of its Parallel Roads Improvement Project.

Two bridges crossing over the Dubai Water Canal have been constructed as part of Phase 1, which is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2017.

The project comprises two phases with a combined value of around $272.3m (AED1bn). Phase 1 is estimated to cost $157.4m (AED578m), while Phase 2 has a projected cost of $91.5 (AED336m), UAE state news agency, WAM, reported.

Speaking during an inspection tour of the project, Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors of RTA, said that the aim of the project is to ease traffic congestion on Sheikh Zayed Road, particularly between Interchanges 1 and 2, by 15%.

He noted that the project will open up additional entry and exit points to Business Bay and Burj Khalifa District, boasting a capacity of 20,000 vehicles per hour in both directions.

Al Tayer explained: “It would also step up the capacity of Meydan Road, and cut down the journey time between Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road from 12 minutes to about 2.5 minutes. It would provide a ramp for Meydan Property Development Project, and ease the pressure on Financial Centre Road.

“The project entails the construction of bridges extending 5,665m and underpasses running 2,445m.”

Elaborating on Phase 1, Al Tayer said that it includes the construction of a 3.5 km-long flyover that consists of three lanes in each direction. This flyover crosses over the Dubai Water Canal, increasing the number of lanes to five in each direction above Godolphin Stables and Al Meydan Road up to Al Quoz Industrial Area.

He added: “It also includes upgrading the existing junction of Al Meydan Road and Al Khail Road, where flyovers will be constructed to provide left turns and ease the existing overlapping of traffic movement, which would reduce the congestion at the junction during peak hours.

“The project also includes the construction of a two-lane bridge to serve the traffic inbound from Al Khail Road in the direction of Sharjah to Al Asayel Road up to the junction with Oud Metha Road.”

It also includes providing entry and exit points for Meydan Development Project, as well as the construction of four tunnels extending 1,150m – with 300m as covered tunnels, while the rest are open tunnels – and the shifting the utility lines in the area, said Al Tayer.

According to WAM, RTA started construction works on Phase 2 in Q2 of 2016. It reportedly covers the improvement of the western part of the parallel roads between Al Meydan and the Financial Centre Roads across the Business Bay district. Lane capacity will range from three to four lanes in each direction, and service roads will be provided for both directions in most parts of the project.

Commenting on Phase 2, Al Tayer said: "The project includes the construction of a 240m flyover at the intersection of Al Saada and Burj Khalifa Boulevard Roads, and a 535m tunnel at the intersection of Al Saada and Business Bay Roads.

"Works include a 500m bridge at the extension of Al Saada Road, crossing over the Dubai Water Canal, which was completed with the opening of the canal.

“It also includes the construction of a 420m bridge at the intersection of Al Meydan and First Al Khail Roads, a 420m tunnel to ensure leftward turn from Al Saada Road to Al Meydan Road, and a 340m underpass for horses crossing at Dubai Stables. The project works include improving and shifting utility lines, as well as lighting and signage works.”

Works in Phase 2 of the project are set for completion in mid-2018, noted Al Tayer.

Describing the Parallel Roads project as being among the most important projects currently being undertaken by RTA, Al Tayer added: “The entire project constitutes a traffic hub supporting the Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road, and upon completion of all phases, it would ease the traffic movement in the area parallel to the Sheikh Zayed Road to the East.”

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