By Sam Bridge
Roads and Transport Authority announces key stage in major roads project will open on Sunday
Dubai’s transport authority will on Sunday open phase 6 of the roads network leading to the Expo 2020 site.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said the project has been undertaken in response to the directives of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to support the hosting of Expo 2020 in Dubai.
The aim of the overall project, costing AED3 billion ($820 million), is to ensure smooth traffic flow for Expo visitors, and serve future projects in the area, a statement said.
Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the RTA, described the project as one of the biggest road projects currently undertaken.
He said the sixth phase of the project includes the construction of a bridge extending 1.4km and roads stretching about 8km. The number of lanes of Expo Road have been increased from four to six lanes in each direction over a 3km section, while a 5km stretch of Emirates Road has also been upgraded.
"The project wil ease the traffic movement from Expo Road northwards to the Dubai-bound Emirates Road, and from Expo Road southwards to the Abu Dhabi-bound Emirates Road,” added Al Tayer.
He said the road capacity will increase from 10,000 to 23,700 vehicles per hour, improving the traffic flow to the Expo 2020 site, Dubai South and Al Maktoum International Airport.
In August, the RTA opened phases 3 and 4 of roads leading to the Expo site while work continues on phases 1, 2 and 5.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.