RTA's $217m Dubai road improvements to be completed in Q4 2018

RTA's $217m Dubai road improvements to be completed in Q4 2018
RTA is building flyovers to improve roads in Dubai.
Published: 27 May 2018 - 12:31 a.m.
By: Oscar Rousseau

The first phase of a road project linking Jumeirah with Al Khail Road will be finished in Q4 2018, Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said.

Phase 1 of the $217m (AED800m) road project is 86% complete, while Phase 2 is 60% done, and will be delivered in 2019.

Work carried out under Phase 1 of the project includes the construction of flyovers on Latifa bint Hamdan Street and Umm Al-Sheef Street, from Al-Safa Interchange to Al-Manara Interchange, on Sheikh Zayed Road.

The phase will connect Jumeirah with Al Khail Road and Parallel Roads (First Al Khail Road and Al Asayel Street), which will help to improve traffic flow from Umm Al-Sheef Street to Al Wasl Street, Sheikh Zayed Road, and Latifa bint Hamdan Street.

The project also included the construction of several flyovers and bridges, all of which have been built, said RTA's director-general, HE Mattar Al Tayer.

Al Tayer said the project was launched to help with the "upswing and demographic expansion of Dubai" and to "accommodate the growing traffic volumes" by easing mobility on the roads.

The scope of Phase 2's work included improving the link between Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road.

Work includes development of the Al Qouz entrances, as well as improvements spanning 3km to the street from Al Khail Road to the Interchange of Al Khail Road.

The Al Asayel-Latifa bint Hamdan Street intersection will be "transformed" from a "surface signalised junction into a multi-level interchange", Al Tayer added. 

This includes the construction of a six-lane flyover. A second-level bridge of two lanes in each direction will serve traffic on Al Asayel Street.

Al Tayer said the surface intersection will be upgraded to reduce the waiting time from three minutes to less than one minute. This, he said, would help to alleviate congestion by 78% during evening rush hour.

Phase 2 also includes the construction of a ramp to improve the intersection with Al Khail Road, which could speed up traffic heading north to Al Khail Road and the Business Bay Crossing.

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