By Eudore Chand
The upgrade cost Dhs146 million and was completed in three phases
Dubai Municipality has completed the final phase of the Back Road project that links Sheikh Zayed Road with Emirates Road through Al Quoz. The 17 km dual carriageway of four lanes each with central islands providing 16 m wide security area, was constructed at a cost of Dhs146 million. It was opened to traffic last Monday.
Qassim Sultan, municipality director general, said since the Back Road or Al Khail Road stretches from Oman Road to Emirates Road, running almost parallel to Sheikh Zayed Road and connects residential and industrial areas of Al Quoz, a lot of traffic will get diverted to it.
“This is very much necessary now especially as Sheikh Zayed Road undergoes a major revamp involving replacement of the existing bridges and interchanges,” said Sultan.
The Back Road will also serve Al Quoz Industrial Area, Al Barsha residential area and the future developments planned in the Defence Area. It is considered a major axis parallel to Sheikh Zayed Road stretching to Al Aweer Road, and passing through Fruits & Vegetables Market Interchange, Ras Al Khor Interchange, Bu Kidra Interchange, the southern part of Al Barsha area and ends with Emirates Road.
The first phase involving a 4-km stretch was opened in August and the second 7-km stretch in February. The last of 4-km was completed this month.
Six junctions and a cloverleaf interchange, and other facilities, were built at Junction 16.
The Back Road has four major roundabouts that can be converted into interchanges. The first and second roundabouts will connect Al Quoz, while the third will connect Umm Suqeim from over the fourth interchange on Sheikh Zayed Road.
“The fourth roundabout, from where a part of the road joins Sheikh Zayed Road towards the Palm Island, has been replaced with a proper interchange keeping in mind major developments of commercial projects and the traffic volume because of the Palm, will ensure smoother traffic flow,” Sultan said.