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Dubai opens phase 1 of key roads improvement project

Parallel Roads Improvement Project is major part of plan to ease pressure on Dubai's main highways

Dubai opens phase 1 of key roads improvement project

The first phase of a major AED1 billion ($270 million) highways improvement project in Dubai has been opened.

The Parallel Roads Improvement Project in the Godolphin area of the emirate, which is a key part of the plan of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to ease pressure on main roads, is one of the biggest currently being undertaken.

It spans 108km starting from Sheikh Rashid Road in the north and ending at the outskirts of Abu Dhabi. It consists of bridges and surface junctions at the intersections of parallel roads with vertical roads extending 42km.

The project includes improving the existing intersection of Al Meydan and Al Khail Roads. Flyovers have been constructed to ease overlapping traffic and peak hour congestion. It also includes the construction of a two-lane bridge to serve the traffic coming from Al Khail Road in the direction of Sharjah passing through Al Asayel Road up to the intersection of Oud Metha Road.

It also includes the provision of direct entry/exit points for the Meydan Development Project in addition to the construction of four underpasses extending 1,150 metres.

The two phases of the Parallel Roads Project aim to ease traffic density by 15 percent on the Sheikh Zayed Road between the 1st and 2nd Interchanges.

This will raise its capacity to 20,000 vehicles per hour in both directions and enhance the capacity of Meydan Road. It will also shorten the journey time between Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road from 12 to 2.5 minutes, and ease the pressure on the Financial Centre Road.

Phase 1 and 2 of the project include the construction of bridges extending 5,665 metres and tunnels extending 2,445 meters.

In the second quarter of 2016, the RTA started construction works on Phase 2 of the Parallel Roads Project. It covered improvements to the western part of roads parallel to the area extending between Al Meydan Road and the Financial Centre Road across the Business Bay District comprising three to four lanes in each direction. It also covered provision of service roads in both directions in most parts of the project.

Work on phase 2, which began in the second quarter of 2016, is expected to be completed by the mid of 2018.

Mattar Al Tayer, director general and chairman of the RTA, said: "The project comes as part of the implementation of RTA’s strategic plan for upgrading the infrastructure of the roads network and mass transit systems in Dubai. The plan aims to develop integrated solutions of roads as well as land and marine transport networks that are safe for users, compatible with the comprehensive development plans, address the needs of demographic expansion, and contribute to sustainable development and investment in the emirate."

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