RTA opens Phase 6 of roads leading to Expo 2020 Dubai site
Phase 6 included construction of 1.4km of bridges, 8km of roads, and building the Emirates-Expo Roads Interchange
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has opened Phase 6 of its Roads Leading to the Expo 2020 Dubai project, including an improved intersection of the Emirates and the Expo Roads, the government authority said in a statement.
The scope of the $816.73m (AED3bn) project, which aims to develop roads and transport networks to support the Expo 2020 Dubai, has been divided into six phases because it is one of the biggest projects taken up by Dubai’s RTA, its director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors, HE Mattar Al Tayer said.
Commenting on the project, Al Tayer said: “This project phase included the construction of a bridge extending 1.4km and roads stretching about 8km. Accordingly, the number of lanes of the Expo Road have been increased from four to six lanes in each direction over a sector of 3km, besides upgrading a 5km sector of the Emirates Road.”
Al Tayer added: “Works included transforming the existing R/A at the intersection of the Emirates Road and the Expo Road into a flyover enabling free movement in all directions. The Expo Road has been elevated to make a bridge of four lanes in each direction. Service roads, each of which have two lanes, have been constructed on both sides of the main road.
Turns have been provided to ensure smooth flow of traffic from the Emirates Road in the direction of Abu Dhabi and vice versa, and from the Expo Road in the direction of Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Road.
The project will ease the traffic movement from Jebel Ali-Lehbab northward to the Dubai-bound Emirates Road, and from the Expo Road southward to the Abu Dhabi-bound Emirates Road.
“Works also included transforming the previous R/A at the intersection of the Emirates Road and the Expo Road into a flyover ensuring free traffic in all directions. Accordingly, the road capacity has increased from 10,000 to 23,700 vehicles per hour,” Al Tayer said.
In addition, the project will also improve traffic flow to the Expo, Dubai South, and the Al Maktoum International Airport, besides reducing the transit times. It will also increase vehicular capacity of the road and ensure smooth traffic flow on main roads.
Other Construction Phases
Apart from the opening of Phase 6 of the project – and Phase 3 and 4 – which were opened earlier this year, work is also currently underway on Phase 1, 2, and 5 of the project.
Phase 1 and 2 cover transforming the existing R/A at the intersection of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed road and the Expo Road into a flyover, ensuring free traffic movement in all directions.
These phases also include constructing direct entry and exit points to the Expo 2020 from the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road to ensure smooth traffic flow to and from the site of Expo 2020 Dubai. The total length of roads being constructed under both phases is approximately 43km.
Meanwhile, Phase 5 includes constructing bridges extending 2.6km, and roads spanning approximately 3km. The Expo Road will be expanded from three to six lanes in each direction, over a sector of 3km, together with service roads to improve the current traffic condition.
The Expo Road has also been elevated at the intersection of the Al Asayel Road over an 800m stretch, forming a bridge of six lanes in each direction. Two other bridges extending 1km have also been built to link the Expo Road with the service roads.
The project is in line with the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to ensure a smooth traffic flow for Expo visitors, and serve future projects in the area.