Abu Dhabi's Musanada launches $119m Al Ain roadworks
The four road projects will be completed between 2019 and 2020, it has been confirmed
Four construction schemes to reduce traffic congestion in Al Ain are being developed by Abu Dhabi General Services Company (Musanada).
Roundabouts will be converted to traffic-signalled intersections, underpasses will be built, and multi-carriage highways are to be widened in a $119m (AED438m) drive to improve roads in the Abu Dhabi emirate's city.
All four projects will be completed by April 2020.
The first project will see Al Aflaj roundabout become a traffic-signalled intersection, with the roads surrounding it widened to three lanes on each side. This scheme is set for completion in Q1 2019. Pedestrian sidewalks and landscaping will also be carried out, as Musanada works on the project in collaboration with Department of Transport, Al Ain City Municipality, and Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters.
Five roundabouts in Al Ain city centre will be turned into signallised crossroads for the second project, which is due to complete in November 2019. Traffic lanes in each direction will be widened and a new intersection built to reach Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Mosque.
An underpass for Sultan bin Khalifa Roundabout will be built for the third project. Currently, there is a roundabout with three lanes in each direction, and traffic flow during rush hour can be an issue for motorists. This will be changed by building an underpass on the western side of the roundabout, with traffic lights installed above the underpass. Musanada said it hoped it complete the project's scope by April 2020.
For the fourth project, set to be completed before the third project in December 2019, roads near Al Ain Stadium will be improved to reduce congestion. Two roundabouts will be changed to intersections with traffic lights installed, and a pedestrian bridge will also be built.
Musanada's acting roads and infrastructure executive director, Saleh Al Sheibah Al Mazrouei, said the roadworks would deliver “high-quality infrastructure” in Al Ain, which is home to one of the UAE's oldest buildings, Al Jahili Fort, built in 1891.
The urban development of Al Ain, one of the largest cities in the UAE, remains a core focus for Musanada, whose projects include Al Ain Hospital and two residential developments featuring 510 villas worth $326.7m (AED1.2bn).