Dubai opens phase 2 of project to ease Sheikh Zayed Road congestion

Roads and Transport Authority launches second phase of the Parallel Roads Improvement Project
By Sam Bridge
Mon 11 Jun 2018 03:11 PM

Dubai's transport authority has opened the latest phase of a key roads improvement project in Business Bay on Friday which aims to ease congestion on the emirate's main highway.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) launched phase 2 of the Parallel Roads Improvement Project.

Works under this phase included improvements to the western part of the project in the sector between Al Meydan and Financial Streets across the Business Bay. Improvements included widening the street from three to four lanes in each direction as well as building service roads in both directions, a statement said.

Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the RTA, said the project has been undertaken as part of RTA’s plan to ease congestion on the Sheikh Zayed Road.

Phase 2 included the construction of a 240-metre flyover on the intersection of Al Sa’ada and Burj Khalifa Boulevard Streets, a 535-metre underpass at the intersection of Al Sa’ada and the Business Bay Streets, and a 500-metre bridge along the extension of Al Sa’ada Street crossing over the Dubai Water Canal.

It also included the construction of a 420-metre bridge at the intersection of Al Meydan and First Al Khail Streets, a 420-metre tunnel for left-side turns from Al Sa’ada Street to Meydan Street, and a 340-metre underpass for horses crossing at the Dubai Stables.

Al Tayer said the two phases of the Parallel Roads Project aim to ease the traffic density by 15 percent on Sheikh Zayed Road between the 1st and 2nd Interchanges by providing additional entry/exit points to the Business Bay and Burj Khalifa Districts.

He added that they will increase the capacity to 20,000 vehicles per hour in both directions while, upon completion, the project will cut the journey time between Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Street from 12 to 2.5 minutes.

Last November, the RTA opened phase 1 of the Parallel Roads Project at Godolphin District which included the construction of a 3.5km bridge of three lanes in each direction across the Dubai Water Canal.

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Last Updated: Mon 11 Jun 2018 03:15 PM GST

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