Dubai's Route 2020 tunneling on track for end-2018 completion

RTA chief expresses delight at progress on Dubai Metro extension project to link Expo site
Dubai's Route 2020 tunneling on track for end-2018 completion
By Staff writer
Sat 10 Mar 2018 04:21 PM

Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) on Saturday announced the completion of 50 percent of main tunneling works on the Route 2020 project which extends the Dubai Metro line to the Expo site.

Mattar Al Tayer, director general and chairman of the RTA, said the tunnel extends 3.2km at a varying depth from 12 to 36 meters. Al Tayer also revealed that completion rate in the construction of stations ranges from 4 to 42 percent.

Al Tayer made the statement during an inspection tour of stations of Route 2020 project that spans 15km from Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station up to the site of Expo.

The giant tunnel boring machine, known as ‘Al Wugeisha Expo 2020’ commenced tunnel drilling works at Al Furjan, passed across the Discovery Gardens and reached the underground station nearby Jumeirah Golf Estates, last month. It will continue tunneling works up to the Dubai Investment Park, and all tunnel-related works are scheduled for completion in December this year, he added.

Al Tayer was also briefed about the work progress in the metro stations. Currently the architectural, constructional and electromechanical designs are being developed for Expo Station, elevated and underground stations, and Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station.

Completion rate in the underground station at Jumeirah Golf Estates has reached 42 percent, while the completion rate of the underground station at DIP has reached 8 percent.

The completion rate has reached 14 percent in the elevated station at Al Furjan, 12 percent in the elevated station at the Discovery Gardens, 7 percent in Expo Station, and 3 percent in Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station.

Completion rate has reached 50 percent in the deep foundations of Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station.

Al Tayer said in a statement that he was delighted with the work progress in Route 2020 project, adding that the first of the new metro carriages are expected to arrive in July.

Construction works in viaducts are expected to be completed this November while all rail works of Route 2020 are expected to be completed in July 2019 with the RTA starting the test-run of the metro in February 2020.

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