New infrastructure standards set for Abu Dhabi

Manual to be released in mid-2010

Abu Dhabi is using US roads as a reference point
Abu Dhabi is using US roads as a reference point

Abu Dhabi’s Department of Municipal Affairs is set to launch the first phase of the roads, bridges and tunnels construction standards manual in mid-2010.

Members of the organisation toured the US with the International Road Federation in hope of developing a terms of reference, which is aimed to ensure consistency across Abu Dhabi.

“The trip allowed us to open direct channels of communication and establish partnerships with both private and public sector organsiations related with the project,” said DMA undersecretary Ahmed Shareef.

“The delegation team had the opportunity to learn technical and engineering aspects of road projects and infrastructure.”

The new standards will be launched in two phases with the first as an interim phase starting in mid 2010 and the final phase to be completed in two years.

The temporary standard will be applicable to new additions to existing road structures and the construction of new roads, bridges and tunnels.

“The phased approach will allow quick adherence to interim single internationally accepted best practice standards while the Abu Dhabi specific standards will respond to our particular geographic and climatic conditions,” added Shareef.

“The community will benefit from better, safer roads across the emirate, bringing us closer to achieving our vision and the emirate’s 2030 vision at large,” said Shareef.

The agenda of the US tour included a series of meetings and workshops where the Abu Dhabi delegation team met with government and private sector organisations that are responsible for design, development and maintenance of roads, bridges, tunnels and their associated infrastructure.

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