Bypass plans set to ease the ‘Sharjah traffic blues’

Contractors including Dutco Balfour Beatty, Bin Hafeez and Wade Adams are bidding to build the third phase of a US $80 million-plus (AED300 million) project to end the ‘Sharjah traffic blues’ for Dubai motorists.

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By  Sean Cronin Published  October 29, 2005

Contractors including Dutco Balfour Beatty, Bin Hafeez and Wade Adams are bidding to build the third phase of a US $80 million-plus (AED300 million) project to end the ‘Sharjah traffic blues’ for Dubai motorists. The contractors are hoping to bag the third phase of the Dubai Outer Bypass road, a 23-km four-lane dual carriageway that will link the Dubai-Al Ain Road with the Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road. It will run parallel to the Emirates Road and the Sheikh Zayed Road, reducing heavy congestion caused by Sharjah-Dubai traffic. Hashim Mohammed Al Hashmi, head of road planning at the roads department of Dubai Municipality, said: “The bypass road runs from the borders of Sharjah up to the borders of the emirate of Abu Dhabi. “In the first and second phases of this project, a two-lane dual carriage way from the borders of Sharjah emirate up to Dubai- Al Ain Road and in Al Rowayya was completed in July 1999 and March 2003 respectively. In the current phase, a four-lane dual carriage way will be constructed from this part up to Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road.” The main feature of this part of the project will be the replacement of the existing bridge on the Dubai-Al Ain Road, with a full clover-leaf interchange that will ensure free flow of traffic in all directions. Al Hashmi said there is a provision to increase the lanes from four to six in both directions. The fourth and final phase of the bypass will see the extension of the road from Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road to the Abu Dhabi borders. “The municipality is currently studying this [section] because it involves the dual carriageway, along with several interchanges to contain traffic expected from the proposed Jebel Ali Airport City,” Al Hashmi said. A double layer of 18cm-thick asphalt has been used on the road to allow heavy trucks to move between the Northern Emirates.

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