A roads super project is nearing a major milestone.
You can’t have missed the new highways rising around the Sheikh Zayed Road. Once complete, the tiers of roads will improve traffic flow along the route by connecting Jumeirah with Al Khail Road and parallel roads, including First Al Khail Road and Al Asayel Street.
Now Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that a massive chunk of the work is done. Mattar Al Tayer, Director General of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA, said 86 per cent of the project’s first stage is complete and expected to finish at the end of 2018.
As you’d expect from there being a first stage, there’s also a second part and construction there will finish early 2019, because 60 per cent is already in the bag. All project’s bridges are finished too, so it’s not the beginning of the end, but the end of the beginning.
Stage one of the AED 800 million project links Jumeirah and Al Khail Road through two-level roads and bridges linking parallel roads including First Al Khail Road and Al Asayel Street and improving traffic flow from Umm Al Shief Street up to Latifa bint Hamdan Street.
The second part will improve entrances to the roads around Al Quoz, which Al Tayer says will ease the congestion by 78 per cent during evening peak hours.
Good news for Metro riders. Al Tayer added that: “The new bridges to be constructed above and underneath the route of the Dubai Metro Red Line will have no impact on the operation of the Metro.”