Dubai brings in new traffic diversions for Route 2020 project

Transport authority announces new diversions on Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road as metro line construction continues
People watch a presentation of the Route 2020 metro expansion project during a press conference. (Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)
By Staff writer
Thu 08 Jun 2017 01:52 PM

Dubai's transport authority has announced the introduction of traffic diversions on a major highways to facilitate construction of the Route 2020 metro extension project.

The Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai said diversions will start on Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road.

Work on the Route 2020 project started earlier this year and when completed it will extend about 15 kilometres from Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station on the Red Line. It will have seven stations, which includes five elevated stations and two underground stations.

Adel Al Marzouqi, director of the Right-of-Way at RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency, said: “The traffic diversions will remain in place until the completion of the required works. Minor changes will be made in the lanes of Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road in both directions to make room for casting the piers of Dubai Metro’s elevated track in the median, while maintaining the same number of the existing lanes.”

He added: “RTA has set up a plan for the temporary traffic diversions of Route 2020, which will be undertaken over several phases during the project construction period. The project teams and contractors will do their best to ensure a smooth traffic flow and minimise the impact on residents until completion of all project works.

"These parties are keen on constructing the infrastructure of Route 2020 according to the plan and timetable set to ensure smooth traffic flow on roads and internal roads of residential and business complexes affected by this strategic project,” said Al Marzouqi.

He called upon motorists and road users to pay attention to traffic diversions and follow the directional signs to ensure their safety and avoid congestion.

“Works will continue day-and-night until the completion of Route 2020 Project,” he added.

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