A major AED5.3 billion ($1.44 billion) highway in the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi, which includes a number of camel underpasses, has been inaugurated.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra, launched the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed highway, state news agency WAM reported.
He said the road was one of a number of major economic, commercial and investment projects being implemented in the Al Dhafra region.
The road upgrade was undertaken in several phases, covering 246km of the 327km highway, to significantly ease congestion and weather-related hazards for motorists.
The project entailed increasing the number of lanes from two-lane carriageway is now at least three lanes wide over the 64km stretch from Barakah to Ghuwaifat, and up to four lanes wide in the 182km that span from Mafraq to Baynounah Forests. Each lane can accommodate a maximum of 2,500 vehicles per hour.
A total of 15 other new interchanges have also been constructed, and existing interchanges at Mafraq, Hameem, Abu Al Abyad and Madinat Zayed have been enhanced.
At the same time, the highway is now fully lit with LED lamps in order to increase visibility and reduce fog-related risks. The overall asphalt level of the road has also been raised, and its drainage improved in order to prevent water accumulation.
Lay-bys and hard shoulders have been established, and there are petrol stations at two new locations near Barakah and Mirfa.
Camel underpasses have also been set up near Al Sila and Ghuwaifat so that farmers and camel owners can ensure the safe passage of their animals.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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