Dubai invested Dhs537 million on road development in 2003

Work on the Dhs233 million Palm Island Corridor due to begin later this year

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By  Eudore Chand Published  May 1, 2004

The roads department at Dubai Municipality, last year, completed 10 road projects worth Dhs537 million. It also designed 13 new projects to serve different areas in Dubai. Projects completed by the department last year included the second phase of the Dubai Bypass Road, improvement of Trade Centre Intersection, the second phase of Zabeel Road, roads in Al Jafiliya and Al Quoz Industrial Area, enhancement of the fourth intersection on Sheikh Zayed Road, and parking lots for the Zabeel Park, said Nasser Ahmed Saeed, director of roads department. He noted that the Dhs51.6 million second phase of the Dubai Bypass Road, which links Al Awir Road with Dubai-Al Ain Highway, was constructed as a complementary project to the Dhs60 million first phase, completed in July 1999 and which links the northern borders of Dubai with Al Awir Road. The Dhs16.3 million Trade Centre Intersection upgrade project involved expansion of the intersection by increasing the current number of lanes from three to four by expanding a number of entry roads to the roundabout. This has reduced traffic congestion in the area, resulting from increased vehicular movement on Sheikh Zayed Road and other roads leading to the intersection. Saeed said the projects that were designed last year included the third interchange on Sheikh Zayed Road, work on pavement in Al Ras area, Interchange 4.5 and Interchange 2.5 on Sheikh Zayed Road, roads and pavement works in Jumeirah, Al Badaa Road, access roads to the Global Village and the road corridor and access system for Palm island. Of these, works on the third interchange of Sheikh Zayed have already begun and the Dhs96 million project is expected to be over by January. The Dhs233 million Palm Island Corridor and Access project, whose works will begin later this year, is aimed at meeting travel demand to The Palm Jumeirah and several other development projects in the area. Saeed noted that 18 road projects would be designed during this year, which will involve pavements at Al Wasl, various road projects in Nad Al Sheba, Al Barsha South, Warsan 3, upgrading of intersections in different parts of the emirate, parking and service roads at Rashid Hospital, and Jumeirah roads and pavement works. While the design for these projects was completed in January this year, they are being implemented this month. The designing of third phase of the Dubai Bypass Road, Saeed said, will be completed in June and the implementation of the project will begin some time in August.

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