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World Road Congress 2019 to highlight road growth in Abu Dhabi

Department of Transport to highlight ongoing and planned projects at exhibition to be held on 6-10 October

Abu Dhabi's roads network is expanding.
Abu Dhabi's roads network is expanding.

Abu Dhabi’s Department of Transport (DoT) will announce updates on planned projects and outline a series of key improvements – such as flexible infrastructure, improved safety, lesser congestion, and reduced emissions – at the World Road Congress Abu Dhabi 2019, to be held in Abu Dhabi on 6-10 October.

According to Wam, the Mid Island Expressway, and the widening of the E16 road from Al Ain to Khalifa Port, are among the DoT projects planned to be completed by 2030.

DoT is also looking to improve road networks and interchanges around Abu Dhabi International Airport ahead of the opening of Abu Dhabi Airports’ Midfield Terminal Complex, which has completed operational trials and is designed to handle more than 8,500 people per hour.

The UAE’s state news agency also reported that DoT would shed light on the introduction of the 1,200km national Etihad Rail network to Abu Dhabi Ports’ deep-water port, Khalifa Port, where an expansion drive is under way. 

Abu Dhabi’s transport department will also highlight recently completed projects such as Musanada’s expansion of the E10 highway, one of Abu Dhabi’s busiest roads, from four lanes to five. 

Construction activities on the new tunnel at Zayed Port and the $300m (AED1.1bn) Umm Lafina road project are expected to provide extra capacity to road networks in Abu Dhabi, and ease congestion coming in to Reem Island.

In the western region, the DoT stated that commute had become easier with the completion of the Sheikh Khalifa International Highway (E11) reconstruction project from Abu Dhabi’s Mafraq Interchange to Al Guwaifat at the border of Saudi Arabia.

According to the Wam report, DoT has also initiated a pilot project in cooperation with Abu Dhabi’s Environment Agency to reduce the effects of high temperatures of asphalt roads on the environment as part of its walking and cycling strategy.

The report added that plans were in place to improve the pedestrian network by building new features, including trees, and increasing the width of the pavements.

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