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Abu Dhabi starts work on $598m infrastructure project

Municipality says works will include new cycle paths, footpaths, parks, car parks, highway improvements

Abu Dhabi starts work on $598m infrastructure project
Skyscrapers stand on the skyline viewed from the Central Market in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012. Abu Dhabi, the oil-rich sheikhdom that spent 36 billion Dirhams ($9.8 billion) bailing out its biggest developer in 2011, will probably reach for its checkbook again as property companies in the United Arab Emirates face a stalled market and deadlines to repay debt. (Credit: Bloomberg News)

Abu Dhabi City Municipality said on Monday it has started the second phase of road, infrastructure and park projects in Khalifa City at a total cost of AED2.2 billion ($598 million).

It said the city has been divided into three work areas as part of an ambitious plan aimed at raising the standard of living for residents in the UAE capital.

In a statement cited by news agency WAM, ADM said that the works included lighting for internal streets, constructing pavements and car parks, upgrading the storm water network, lowering the water table, revamping and widening main roads in the city, and converting existing roundabouts into signal controlled intersections.

According to the Municipality, works also include constructing dedicated footpaths and bicycle lanes along the city's main streets.

The project also includes establishing car parks opposite all residential villas and commercial buildings parallel to the street to avoid impacting traffic.

The statement added that each residential land plot will have four parking spaces while commercial land plots will follow the standards set by the Department of Transport, without giving further details.

The second phase will see the construction of footpaths over all the city sectors in addition to landscaping work of over 70 kilometres alongside roads. The project includes linking all residential and commercial areas with bicycle lanes to facilitate mobility within the city.

Three parks have already been constructed, and the second phase will see the construction of a further 3 to 4 parks annually.

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