By Andy Sambidge
Al Asayel Road, which will link Oud Metha with Business Bay will open on Wednesday, says transport authority
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said it is opening a major new road in Dubai on Wednesday, linking Oud Metha with Business Bay via a number of tunnels and bridges.
Al Asayel Road, which extends 5km in total and has been built at a cost of AED300 million, is one of the key phases of the Parallel Roads Project; which extends from the Sheikh Rashid Road to the outskirts of Abu Dhabi emirate.
Mattar Al Tayer, chairman and executive director of the RTA, said he was delighted with the opening of "this vital project" which offers an alternative route for road users coming from Oud Metha and heading towards Zabeel, Jumeirah and the Business Bay districts.
The project comprises two tunnels; each with three lanes in each direction. The first tunnel branches from the Zabeel Road 2 and extends 850 metres, and the second tunnel branches from the Trade Center Road and extends 600 metres.
Two bridges of two lanes in each direction have also been constructed at the Business Bay extending 700 metres.
"The Parallel Roads Project is one of the biggest projects currently undertaken by the RTA and is capable of easing the traffic flow along the area to the east of the Sheikh Zayed Road. It also serves the traffic inbound from the Sheikh Zayed Road and outbound to the Business Bay besides linking Al Khail Road with the internal roads of the Business Bay," said Al Tayer.
"Al Asayel Road is a pivotal corridor of the Eastern Parallel Roads Project and is linked with the Godolphin Project the RTA is intending to undertake in the next stage; which encompasses the construction of roads, bridges and tunnels enabling smooth traffic flow on the parallel roads, and will have a positive impact in easing the pressure on the roads surrounding Zabeel besides providing entry and exit points to and from the Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road."
The RTA opened early this year phase 3 of the Parallel Roads Project at the JLT comprising the construction of seven main bridges.