Dubai's RTA unveils plan to ease Business Bay congestion

New lanes, bridges, underpasses planned as part of $91m roads contract
Dubai's RTA unveils plan to ease Business Bay congestion
By Staff writer
Sun 15 May 2016 11:58 AM

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has awarded an AED335 million ($91.2 million) contract to upgrade roads in Business Bay.

The project, scheduled for completion in 2018, comprises two bridges and three underpasses intended to ease congestion on Sheikh Zayed Road.

The bridges will span 295 metres and 240 metres respectively, close to the junction of Al Meyda and Al Saada streets. Each will have three lanes in each direction.

Local media reported that the first underpass will allow for left-hand turns from Al Saada Street in the direction of Al Meydan Street to ease traffic during peak periods.

The second underpass, at Al Saada Street, will reportedly have two lanes in each direction, while the third is designed for the crossing of horses at Godolphin Stables.

RTA chairman and director-general Mattar Al Tayer said: “The project also includes roadworks spanning four kilometres with lanes ranging from three to four in each direction, in addition to service roads in most areas of the project.

“Works include upgrading and shifting utility lines in the area, as well as street lighting and directional signs.

“The parallel roads project is one of the vital projects being undertaken by RTA to ease congestion on Sheikh Zayed Road.”

The RTA has already completed more than 31 per cent of the parallel roads improvement project in the Godolphin area, while two bridge crossings over the under-construction Dubai Water Canal are due to be completed by the end of August.

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