UAE to fund Phase 1 of Bahrain's $62m Sheikh Zayed Highway

The UAE's Western Bainoona Group is working on the highway that will see daily vehicle capacity increase by 30,000

ADFD is funding Bahrain's Sheikh Zayed Highway.
ADFD is funding Bahrain's Sheikh Zayed Highway.

Bahrain’s Ministry of Works, Municipal Affairs, and Urban Planning, along with UAE-based Western Bainoona Group, has launched Phase 1 of the $62m (BHD23.4m) Sheikh Zayed Highway extension project in the kingdom.

The project was launched following an agreement signing ceremony between Bahrain's Minister of Works, Municipal Affairs, and Urban Planning, Issam bin Abdullah Khalaf and representatives of the UAE firm, as well as the UAE Ambassador to Bahrain, Sheikh Sultan bin Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The UAE's state-held news agency, Wam, reported that the project, which is funded by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, is a part of the Gulf Development Programme.

Bahrain's works minister said the project was a “key part” of the country’s efforts to improve its road network, adding that it would help reduce traffic congestion in the Aley and Salmabad areas, both of which are linked by the highway that also connects Zayed City to Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman Street.

ADFD will fund Bahrain's Sheikh Zayed Highway [Wam].

Phase 1 of the project will see streets being expanded to three lanes in both directions, in addition to street renovation activities.

New traffic lights and signs, roadblocks, lighting, landscaping, and rainwater drainage will also be installed.

Upon completion, Sheikh Zayed Highway's road capacity will increase from 4,000 vehicles per hour to 6,000 per hour, with corresponding daily numbers rising from 50,000 to 80,000.

Khalaf said waiting times at its intersections would also be reduced by 60% once roadworks are completed.

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