By Gavin Davids
RTA chief hails cooperation of Meydan City Corp in ensuring completion of project.
The Roads and Transport Authority has announced that on Sunday, March 21, in coordination with Meydan City Corporation, the roads and bridges leading to Meydan Racecourse at Nad Al Sheba will be opened.
The project comprises of bridges extending 2025 meters, including two 710 meter long bridges, each consisting of two lanes per direction, and another private bridge for VIP use, which provides direct access to the Meydan Grandstand.
Mattar Al Tayer, the chairman of the board and executive director of the RTA, said: “Meydan Roads and Bridges Project is one of the key projects undertaken by the RTA and its importance is underlined by the massive nature of the Meydan project, which spans an area of 67 million square feet and harbours the world’s biggest horseracing course.”
Al Tayer also hailed the cooperation extended to the RTA by the Meydan City Corp. The corporation helped in stepping up the work tempo and ensuring the completion of the project in record time.
The roads project’s completion was timed in conjunction with the completion of the internal construction works of the project in a fully coordinated format and schedule, in order for both projects to be completed in time for the Dubai World Cup on March 27.
Work on the project also included the partial construction of a water canal with the right of way of Meydan Road, beneath the main bridge of the project.
The canal is planned to link up with Dubai Creek and Meydan Grandstand to facilitate marine navigation below the main bridge of the project.
Al Tayer said: “These projects are part of the RTA’s strategy to keep pace with the current and future needs of urban development, development drive and demographic growth and expansion."
He added: "The RTA therefore needs to have in place advanced roads and transportation networks to support the evolution of the Emirate as a reputable, high profile, cosmopolitan city, an international destination for tourists, visitors and business leaders from all over the world, and a key regional and global centre for conventions and exhibitions.”
Al Tayer also said that the RTA would continue construction on several main and arterial roads in the Emirate as part of its strategy to provide advanced services to residents and comprehensive practical solutions, ensuring seamless traffic flow.