The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Dubai, has awarded two contracts for phases 3 and 4 of roads leading to Expo 2020 project which will cost AED 1.3bn ($354m).
The project is being taken up to ensure smooth flow of traffic to serve Expo visitors as well as future projects in the area.
The project involves upgrading of two intersections of Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street with Jebel Ali Lehbab Street and Al Yalayes Street, besides the construction of two flyovers at the Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street near the Dubai Investment Park.
As part of the project, the Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street will also be widened to five lanes in each direction.
RTA director-general and board chairman Mattar Al Tayer said: “The improvement of roads network leading to Expo is one of the biggest road projects currently undertaken by the RTA to meet the needs of hosting Expo 2020 in Dubai.
“Due to the immense nature of the project, it had been divided into six phases to ensure the delivery of all works on the prescribed timeline, well before the opening of Expo.”
According to Al Tayer, Phase 3 covers upgrading the intersection of Jebel Ali Lehbab Street with Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street by converting it into a flyover, ensuring free traffic movement in all directions.
This involves upgrading Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street along with collector (service) roads through the addition of five bridges, and four turns.
Ramps will also be constructed to ensure smooth flow of traffic from and to the Expo.
The project also includes the construction of a new five-lane street in each direction between Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street and Al Maktoum International Airport.
The total length of bridges to be constructed is 3km and the total length of roads is 6.5km under Phase 3.
Al Tayer said: “Phase 4 encompasses the improvement of three junctions and the widening of Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street from two to five lanes in each direction over a 4.6km stretch.
“The intersection of Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street with Al Yalayes Street will be transformed into a flyover, ensuring free traffic flow in all directions.
It also includes the construction of direct ramps to ensure a smooth traffic flow from Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street westward to Al Yalayes Street northward in the direction of Sheikh Zayed Road.”
Phase 4 will involve construction of bridges spanning 2km and roads extending 10.3km.