Transport authorities in Dubai could add a second tier to the emirate’s Sheikh Zayed Road highway as part of ambitious plans to ease traffic congestion, it has been reported.
Under proposals not yet made public, a second deck above the existing highway would run 35km from Jebel Ali Port to Dubai Creek. A feasibility study is already said to be under way, with consultants being invited to submit proposals for the project on March 25, according to Middle East Economic Digest (MEED).
Sheikh Zayed Road is one of the Middle East’s busiest freeways, with seven lanes of traffic in each direction. It spans much of the UAE, from Abu Dhabi to Ras Al Khaimah.
MEED speculates that the new tier would be used primarily for long-distance traffic, with a limited number of junctions and exits. The magazine also says that it could be a toll road.
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority could not be contacted to comment on the proposal.
The emirate is expected to spend approximately $8bn on new infrastructure after being confirmed as the host city for Expo 2020. Projects will include an extension to the existing metro system, in addition to a new tram network, which is due to open later this year.