Dutco will build Ras Al Khor Interchange

Contract could signal beginning of end for rush hour traffic chaos.

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By  Colin Foreman Published  May 7, 2005

Dutco Construction has taken the US $81 million (AED300 million) contract to build the Ras Al Khor Interchange in Dubai. The job is expected to alleviate some of the worst rush hour traffic jams in the UAE. The interchange is the second phase of Dubai Municipality’s Ras Al Khor corridor that will eventually link up Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Festival City, Dubai International Airport and the Northern Emirates across the fourth creek crossing, currently being built by Besix. The phase two contract will connect Nad Al Hamar Road, Umm Ramool Road, and Al Rabat Road. The new bridge is designed to ease traffic on Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Garhoud Bridge, Al Maktoum Bridge and the Shindagha Tunnel, according to Badr Al Gergawi, head of roads construction at the Municipality’s roads department He said: “It is also expected that the project will alleviate traffic problems along Sheikh Zayed Road from the south to as far north as Sharjah.” The works include widening Nad Al Hamr Road to a five-lane highway heading north and a four-lane highway heading south — all the way to the Dubai International Airport Tunnel. Several bridges, an underpass and an access road to Dubai Festival City on the Al Rabat Road will also be built. Besix started work on the AED388 million Ras Al Khor Bridge late last year. The project includes the construction of the 10-lane bridge and a tunnel on the intersection of Al Rabat Road and Marrakesh Road. The structure is 15 m above the high-water mark, allowing ship movement in the Creek without the need for a lifting span. “It will also provide an expressway to pass through Dubai to the northern emirates,” added Al Gergawi. The third and fourth phases of the project are still in the planning stages, but are expected to begin construction within the next six months. These two phases will include the development of areas around the Doha Road and the proposed Burj Dubai areas, as well as the Dubai Financial and Business City and the Humanitarian City. The Municipality is also believed to be planning the construction of an interchange to connect the Al Khail Road (the Back Road), Oud Metha Road and the Zabeel (2) area. The Dutco Construction contract is expected to finish within 20 months. (See page 18).

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