The Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has reviewed the progress of work on the $544.5m (AED2bn) Dubai – Al Ain road improvement project.
HH Sheikh Hamdan also opened new flyovers at the intersection of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and the Dubai-Al Ain Road.
The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) also opened four bridges spanning 2,600m at the junction of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Dubai-Al Ain Road, with two lanes in each direction to further enhance the smooth flow of traffic in all directions.
The RTA also opened a two-lane 220m bridge at the junction of Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Road and Dubai-Al Ain Road, along with two connecting roads facilitating U-Turns for motorists coming from Dubai.
The improvements serve existing and future projects on both sides of the Dubai-Al Ain Road and double the road’s capacity from 6,000 to 12,000 vehicles per hour per direction.
The project will also cut the journey time on Dubai-Al Ain Road, from Bu Kadra junction to Emirates Road junction, from 16 minutes to 8 minutes. It will also benefit 1.5 million people by eliminating tailbacks that used to extend for 2km.
The total capacity of bridges at the junction of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Dubai-Al Ain Road will increase to 36,000 vehicles per hour per direction, which will streamline traffic movement from Al Qusais on the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road in the direction of Al Ain.
The improvement of the Dubai-Al Ain Road Project extends 17km from the intersection of Dubai-Al Ain Road with Emirates Road to the intersection of Bu Kadra with Ras Al Khor Street. It covers the construction of service roads on both sides to boost traffic safety.
Overall, the project includes six junctions to improve the traffic flow and serve communities on both sides of the road such as the Silicon Oasis, Dubailand, Liwan, Meydan and Dubai Design District. Flyovers extend 6,600m and ramps extend 4,900m in total.
Work is currently underway at the intersection of the Dubai-Al Ain Road with Emirates Road, the Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street, Nad Al Sheba Road, Al Meydan Road, Ras Al Khor Street and the intersection between Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Dubai-Al Ain Road.
Works on the project include the construction of other junctions including the intersection with Emirates Road and Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street, according to the state-run news agency, Wam.
It also includes linking the existing Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street and its extension – which was opened in March 2018 – with a flyover of four lanes in each direction crossing Dubai-Al Ain Road that can be widened to five lanes in future.
The existing flyover will be upgraded to serve the traffic from Dubailand Westwards to Dubai-Al Ain in the direction of Dubai.
A flyover will be constructed to serve the traffic from Dubai heading northwards to the Academic City and Dubai Silicon Oasis. The project also includes the development of service roads on both sides of the road and U-Turns to serve other movements and development projects.
The project supports the development of Nad Al Sheba to serve traffic on the Dubai-Al Ain Road from and to Nad Al Sheba area, in addition to improvements to inward and outward surface roads in the area.
The project also includes the Al Meydan Street junction with Dubai-Al Ain Road and the work to link it with Al Manama Street. A flyover of four lanes in each direction will be constructed to link Al Meydan Street and Al Manama Street. The existing bridge on Al Meydan Road and Dubai-Al Ain Road will be upgraded to serve Meydan development projects.
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