Dutco to add lane to Sheikh Zayed Road

The AED82.3 million contract will widen the highway from Trade Centre Roundabout to Interchange 3.

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By  Colin Foreman Published  August 7, 2005

Dutco Balfour Beatty Construction Group has been awarded an AED82.3 million (US $22.4 million) contract for widening an 8 km stretch of Sheikh Zayed Road from Trade Centre Roundabout through to the recently renovated Interchange 3 at Al Manara road. The contract period runs for 240 days and construction is scheduled to start by the end of the month. The main works involve the construction of a fifth lane on both sides of the highway in order to ease traffic flow. It also includes the construction of a fourth lane under Trade Centre underpass and some alteration works on the underpass leading towards Umm Hurair Road and Maktoum Bridge. Two more lanes will also be added between Sheikh Zayed Road and Sheikh Rashid Road (from World Trade Centre to Zabeel Interchange). Other associated works include the roadway signage, the relocation of utilities, construction of storm drainage, irrigation systems and landscaping works. The project is the result of a comprehensive survey carried out by Dubai Municipality to look for solutions for tackling the problem of increasing traffic on the city’s roads. This new contract is considered essential if the road network is to cope with the projected growth of the area. Sheikh Zayed Road has beenexpanded before and was recently widened to five lanes from Interchange 3 to Jebel Ali. Elsewhere, the municipality announced the construction of a new free flow interchange replacing the First Interchange (Defence Roundabout) on Sheikh Zayed Road and the construction of a two-layer road on Doha Street. “This project is vital for containing projected vehicular traffic from major developments such as Burj Dubai, Dubai International Financial Centre [DIFC], Dubai Business Bay and other ambitious developments,” said Mattar Al Tayer, deputy director general of Dubai Municipality. The interchange is designed to ensure free flow in all directions and includes the construction of an underground tunnel on Doha Street towards DIFC. The municipality has also approved another AED68 million worth of road projects, including the construction of new roads in Al Khawaneej and Al Warqa Four as well as seven new pedestrian bridges in different parts of the city. The projects are said to be worth AED30.93 million for the Al Khawaneej project, AED16.15 for the Al Warqa Four project, and AED21 million for the seven bridges.

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