VIDEO: RTA opens $354m Phases 3 and 4 of Expo 2020 Dubai roads
Technical details and specs revealed of both projects implemented to improve traffic flow to World Expo site
Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) has completed construction work on Phases 3 and 4 of roads leading towards Expo 2020 Dubai under a $354m (AED1.3bn) project that covered the construction of intersections at Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street and Al Yalayis Streets, as well as two flyovers on Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street at Dubai Investment Park.
Other works covered by the project included widening Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street from two to five lanes in each direction.
The project was prompted by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to ensure smooth traffic flow for the 25 million visitors expected to attend the next World Expo.
Commenting on the project, RTA’s director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors, HE Mattar Al Tayer, said: “The improvement of roads [...] is one of the biggest road projects currently undertaken by RTA to meet the needs of hosting Expo 2020 in Dubai."
Phase 3 of the project covered the construction of a flyover at the intersection of Expo Road with Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street, which increases the capacity of the street from 2,000 vehicles per hour to 4,500 vehicles per hour in an East-West sector of Expo Street.
Al Tayer explained: "Phase 3 covered the construction of bridges and roads extending 3km and 6.5km respectively. It involved upgrading the intersection of Expo-Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Streets into a flyover ensuring free traffic in all directions."
Work implemented under Phase 3 also included elevating Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street along with collector roads by constructing five bridges and four turns. Ramps were also built to improve traffic flow from Expo Road northward to Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street in the direction of Dubai-Al Ain Road.
"These ramps will ease the entry to Expo from Expo Street to the south, and exit from Expo via Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street to Expo Road northwards," Al Tayer explained.
"The project also includes the improvement of Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street in the direction of Al Maktoum International Airport through the construction of a new five-lane street in each direction. The street extends 2km from the intersection of Expo Road with Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street in the direction of Al Maktoum International Airport.
"Works also included widening Expo Road from four to six lanes in each direction over a 4-km sector," he continued.
Phase 4, according to the RTA boss, was carried out to streamline traffic flow between Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan and Al Yalayis Streets.
Work implemented under Phase 4 included converting a signalised junction into a flyover to increase the street capacity from 3,000 vehicles to 10,000 vehicles per hour in the East-West direction of Al Yalayis Street, aiding traffic flow to the Expo 2020 Dubai site and Jafza in the direction of Emirates Road via Al Yalayes Street.
"Works accomplished covered improving three junctions and widening Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street to five lanes in each direction over a 4.6km stretch," Al Tayer explained.
"The intersection of Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street with Al Yalayes Street has been transformed into a flyover ensuring free traffic flow in all directions.
"The second and third junctions have been improved through the construction of two bridges of two lanes in each direction of the Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street, and fitted with signalised junctions to streamline the traffic bound to Dubai Investment Park complex.
"Works also included constructing a two-lane service road in each direction on the Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street and Al Yalayes Street, and improving entries of Dubai Investment Park from Al Yalayes Street. All in all, Phase 4 covered the construction of bridges spanning 2km and roads extending 10.3km in total," Al Tayer continued.
“Due to the immense nature of the project, it had been divided into six phases to ensure the delivery of all works on the prescribed timeline, well before the opening of Expo 2020 Dubai.”