Sheikh Mohammed approves $544m Dubai-Al Ain Road project
RTA to implement 17km road project that has been split into two phases worth $354m and $204m
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, has approved Dubai-Al Ain Road improvement project worth $544.5m (AED2bn), which will improve the road's link with several highways, such as Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Road and Emirates Road.
The improvements will double the number of lanes from three to six lanes in each direction over a 17km sector.
Project works also include upgrading six interchanges as well as constructing new bridges and service roads on both sides, and the scheme will improve road intake from 6,000 to 12,000 vehicles per hour, as well as cut transit time from Emirates Road interchange to Oud Metha Street from 16 to eight minutes.
Commenting on the project, director general and chairman of the executive directors' board of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), said: "[The project] will serve several development projects on both sides of the Dubai-Al Ain Road such as Meydan, Dubai Silicon Oasis, Dubailand Residential Complex, Liwan and Dubai Design District."
Al Tayer said the scheme had been split into two phases bearing in mind its "immense nature" and "the need to complete it within the timeline set".
Phase 1, worth $354m (AED1.3bn), spans 7km from the interchange of Emirates Road to the interchange of the Mohammed bin Zayed Road.
This phase includes upgrading the junction with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, which currently witnesses high traffic volumes.
Works include constructing four ramps to serve traffic movement in four directions, which is planned to be completed in H1 2020.
The existing bridge on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road will be redeveloped to allow the widening of Dubai-Al Ain Road from three to six lanes in each direction, besides constructing service roads on both sides of the Road.
"Under this phase, RTA will improve the junction with Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Road to link it with the extension of Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Road, which was opened in March 2018," Al Tayer said.
"It involves the construction of a flyover of four lanes in each direction crossing over Dubai-Al Ain Road, with a possibility of widening it to five lanes in future.
"Works include improving the existing ramp to serve the inbound traffic from Dubailand Residential Complex heading westward to the Dubai-bound sector of Dubai-Al Ain Road.
"A new flyover will be constructed to serve the traffic coming from Dubai heading northward to the Academic City and the Dubai Silicon Oasis. Service roads will be constructed on both sides of the Road along with turning ramps to serve other movements and development projects."
Phase 1 also covers upgrading the interchange of Emirates Road by constructing a flyover crossing Dubai-Al Ain Road to serve west-bound traffic from Dubailand to Dubai.
"Service roads will be constructed on both sides to avoid traffic overlapping on the highway, improve road efficiency, and enhance traffic safety," explained Al Tayer.
The $203.6m (AED748m) second phase extends 10km from the interchange of the Mohammed bin Zayed Road up to the interchange of Bu Kadra and Ras Al Khor Street.
Al Tayer said phase 2 includes upgrading the Nad Al Sheba interchange by upgrading the existing bridge to serve the traffic from Dubai-Al Ain Road to Nad Al Sheba and vice versa, and improving inward and outward surface roads at Nad Al Sheba.
He added: "Works also include upgrading the interchange of Al Meydan Street and linking it with Al Manama Street.
"A bridge of four lanes in each direction will be constructed to link with Al Meydan Street and Al Manama Street, and the existing bridge at the intersection of Al Meydan Street will be improved to serve the development projects of Meydan.
"The development of the remaining sector of the Dubai-Al Ain Road from the interchange of Emirates Road up to the outskirts of Al Ain city will be undertaken in future," Al Tayer said, according to UAE state news agency, Wam.