$1.44bn UAE highways project set for mid-2017 completion

Work on Mafraq-Ghuwaifat International Highway project is nearly 60% completed; set to boost western region cities
$1.44bn UAE highways project set for mid-2017 completion
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By Staff writer
Sat 21 May 2016 12:03 AM

Work on a key AED5.3 billion ($1.44 billion) transport system to link western region cities in the UAE is more than halfway to be completed, it has been announced.

Abu Dhabi General Services Company, also known as Musanada, in collaboration with the Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport (DMAT), said that it has completed 59 percent of the Mafraq-Ghuwaifat International Highway project.

It said in a statement that the project teams are working around the clock to deliver the highway by mid-2017.

The project includes the construction of 15 new upper interchanges, along with improvements to existing interchanges at Mafraq, Hameem, Abu Al Abyad and Madinat Zayed, bringing the total improvement works up to 246km long.

Faisal Al Suwaidi, DMAT's director of Main Roads Divisions, said: "This project complements several other projects that aim to accommodate the expected increase in traffic volume, in order to keep pace with the accelerated growth experienced across all areas, improve traffic safety on roads, eliminate congestions due to huge numbers of vehicles using this road, reduce the number of traffic accidents and increase safety ratios, as well as facilitate commercial land transport with neighboring countries."

The highway project extends from Mafraq to the international borders with Saudi Arabia at Ghuwaifat, passing through the Al Ruwais industrial centre.

It includes the construction of new lanes in both directions - from 2-4 lanes along the 182km-long section stretching from Mafraq until Baynounah Forest area, and from 2-3 lanes along the 46km-long section from Baraka to Ghuwaifat.

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