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New $571m Abu Dhabi to Dubai highway to be completed by 2017

Four-lane highway, which is an extension of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, was initially set to open this year

New $571m Abu Dhabi to Dubai highway to be completed by 2017

The new 62km-long Abu Dhabi-Dubai highway will open by 2017 following a one-year delay, according to Abu Dhabi General Services Company Musanada.

The project by the public joint stock company and the Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport is one of the capital’s most significant transport initiatives. It was reported in June 2016 that 83 percent of the highway had already been completed and that it would open by the end of the year.

The AED2.1b ($571m) project is expected to help achieve the Abu Dhabi Plan which is aimed at developing the quality of infrastructure in the city and strengthen the emirate’s economic development, the company said in a statement, reported WAM news agency.

It is an extension of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road (E311) and will connect Seih Shuaib area at the Abu Dhabi border and Dubai with the Sweihan interchange. Comprising of four lanes in each direction, it is being built in two construction packages, according to Musanada’s statement.

The road can handle additional traffic during peak hours and provides access to Abu Dhabi city, its international airport as well as the Yas and Saadiyat islands.

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