Dubai’s RTA completes Phase 1 of $272m parallel roads project
Valued at more than $272.3m (AED1bn), RTA's Parallel Roads Improvement Project is expected to ease traffic density on Sheikh Zayed Road, between the 1st and 2nd Interchanges, by 15%
Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced the completion of Phase 1, which covers the Godolphin area, of its Parallel Roads Improvement Project.
Valued at more than $272.3m (AED1bn), the two-phase infrastructure development spans 108km. It starts from Sheikh Rashid Road in the north and ends at the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, and comprises bridges and surface junctions at the intersections of parallel roads with vertical roads extending 42km.
In a statement, the authority said that the project is part of its strategic plan to ease the pressure on main roads.
RTA also noted that once both phases of the project are complete, traffic density on Sheikh Zayed Road, between the 1st and 2nd Interchanges, is expected to ease by 15% with the introduction of additional entry/exit points to Business Bay and Burj Khalifa District.
A 15% improvement to traffic density will reportedly raise the road’s capacity to 20,000 vehicles per hour, in both directions, as well as enhancing the capacity of Meydan Road.
Moreover, it will ease the pressure on Financial Centre Road, and see journey time between Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road reduced from 12 minutes to 2.5 minutes, RTA added.
Phase 1 and 2 will include the construction of bridges extending 5,665 metres and tunnels extending 2,445 metres.
For Phase 1, RTA has implemented improvements to the existing intersection of Al Meydan and Al Khail Roads in the form of new flyovers, and a two-lane bridge that will serve traffic coming from Al Khail Road in the direction of Sharjah, passing through Al Asayel Road up to the intersection of Oud Metha Road.
Direct entry/exit points for the Meydan Development Project have also been implemented, in addition to four underpasses extending 1,150 metres, of which 300 metres are covered, while the rest are open.
According to RTA, the project encompasses the development and diversion of the infrastructure in the area, as well as lighting and directional signage works.
Meanwhile, Phase 2 includes the construction of a 240-metre flyover on the intersection of Al Saada Road and Burj Khalifa Boulevard Road, a 535-meter underpass at the intersection of Al Saada and Al Khaleej Roads, a 500-metre bridge along the extension of Al Saada Road crossing over the Dubai Water Canal, the construction of a 420-metre bridge at the intersection of Al Meydan and First Al Khail Roads, a 420-metre tunnel for left-side turns from Al Saada Road to Meydan Road, and a 340-metre underpass for horse crossing at the Godolphin Stables.
Phase 2 works, except the 500-metre bridge, which was complete at the time of the opening of the Dubai Canal, are expected to complete by mid-2018.
In the statement, RTA also revealed that works at the intersection of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road and Sheikh Rashid Road are nearly 60% complete, while the main bridge on Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road is expected to open in the first half of 2018.
HE Mattar Al Tayer, director general and chairman of the board of executive directors of RTA, said: “The project comes as part of the implementation of RTA’s strategic plan for upgrading the infrastructure of the roads network and mass transit systems in Dubai.
“The plan aims to develop integrated solutions of roads as well as land and marine transport networks that are safe for users, compatible with the comprehensive development plans, address the needs of demographic expansion, and contribute to sustainable development and investment in the Emirate.”
He elaborated: “The project encompasses the construction of a bridge on the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road and a tunnel on Sheikh Rashid Road, as well as a bridge stretching from Umm Harir Road, in the direction of Sheikh Rashid Road.
“The project will result in smooth and free traffic movement from the Trade Center R/A to the intersection of Khalifa bin Zayed Road [and] Al Kuwait Road, where a two-lane bridge will be constructed in each direction. The project also includes the construction of a tunnel on the Sheikh Rashid Road in the direction of the intersection of Sheikh Rashid Road [and] Al Mankhool Road, comprising four lanes in each direction.
“It also includes the construction of a signalised junction underneath the bridge, while ensuring free traffic movement for turning from main roads to subsidiary roads, as well as free traffic movement through a one-lane flyover stretching from Umm Harir Road to Sheikh Rashid Road,” added Al Tayer.