Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has awarded two contracts worth AED630m ($171.5m) for the last two phases (5 and 6) of the Roads leading to Expo Project.
The project is aimed at ensuring smooth flow of traffic to serve visitors as well as future projects in the area.
The two phases include improvements to Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road and the intersection of Emirates Road with Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road.
RTA director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors Mattar Al Tayer said: “The Improvement of Roads Leading to Expo is one of the big projects currently undertaken by RTA to serve the needs of hosting Expo 2020 in Dubai.
“Due to the massive nature of the project, it had been split into six phases to ensure the timely completion of works, well before the opening of Expo. Contracts for the previous four phases had already been awarded.”
Phase 5 involves the construction of 2.6km of bridges and 3km of roads.
Under this phase, Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road will be widened from three to six lanes in each direction over a 3km sector. Service roads will also be constructed to improve the current traffic situation.
He said that at the intersection with Al Asayel Road, Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road will be elevated to a bridge spanning 800 metres of six lanes in each direction.
Two bridges will be constructed to link Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road with a service road extending 1km to ensure smooth flow of traffic from and to Expo.
Al Tayer said that Phase 6 covers the improvement of roads leading to Expo encompassing the construction of bridges extending 1.4km and roads of 8km.
Lanes of Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road will be increased from four to six in each direction over a 3km sector. Similarly, the Emirates Road will be upgraded over a 5km stretch.
He said: “The existing roundabout at the junction of Emirates Road and Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road will be upgraded to a flyover to ensure free traffic flow in all directions.
“Accordingly, Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road will be elevated to a bridge of four lanes in each direction, and 2-lane service roads will be built at both sides.
“There will be turns and ramps to facilitate the flow of traffic from the Emirates Road to Abu Dhabi and vice a versa, and from Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road to Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Road.
“Traffic will flow smoothly northward from Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road to the Emirates Road in the direction of Dubai; and southward from Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road to the Emirates Road in the direction of Abu Dhabi.”
Image: RTA awards $171m contracts for last two phases of Expo roads project. Photo: Courtesy of Roads and Transport Authority.