Transport authority set to accelerate road building

Construction gears up for new Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Rasheed interchange projects

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By  Sean Cronin Published  March 18, 2006

Three major new road improvement schemes have been fast-tracked in a bid to improve the flow of traffic in Dubai. The first project includes the construction of an overpass at Ras Al Khor that will connect Doha Street with Al Khail Street. The National Wheel J&P joint venture has been awarded the contract for this project, which will take an estimated 24 months to complete. The second project is aimed at improving the road network in the Al Sufouh area between the Burj Al Arab Interchange and the recently announced Interchange 5.5 at Dubai Marina. A direct road running parallel to the Sheikh Zayed and Al Sufouh roads will be developed as part of the project, as well as a road that connects Al Barsha with Al Sufouh. A tunnel to Knowledge Village will also be developed to ease traffic flow. It will take an estimated 18 months to complete the project. The third project will centre on the improvement of Al Rasheed Road interchanges. The project includes transforming the roundabouts on Al Rasheed Road into traffic- light regulated intersections in order to increase traffic handling capacity. Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the fledgling Roads and Transport Authority, said: “Our committed efforts will provide effective solutions that will lead to an extensive and well developed roads and transport network that will support the city’s growing population.” Meanwhile, the authority has also announced that construction of the US $22.5 million (AED82.5 million) Sheikh Zayed Road expansion project will be completed by July 2006. The contract, which started in July 2005, includes adding to the existing three lanes on both sides of the road, two 8km lanes along the stretch from Dubai World Trade Center roundabout to the third interchange. “We are currently working on broadening the road near the Dubai World Trade Center tunnel area by altering the road course and narrowing the width of the lanes to accommodate additional lanes,” said Maitha Bint Adai, director of roads department at the Roads and Transport Authority. She added: “We are also building an additional road above this tunnel with two lanes leading towards Al Garhoud area.”

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