The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) of Dubai has awarded two contracts of Phase I and 2 of Expo Roads Improvement Project.
The total cost of the two phases is AED1.36bn ($370.27m).
The two phases include improving Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road at the intersection with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road.
The project includes construction of bridges on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road to serve the traffic from and to Expo yard.
RTA director-general and chairman Mattar Al Tayer said: “The Improvement of Roads Network for Expo is one of the biggest road projects currently undertaken by RTA to meet the needs of hosting Expo 2020 in Dubai.
“Due to the immense nature of the project, it has been divided into six phases to ensure its timely delivery, well before the opening of Expo.”
“Phase 1 includes converting the existing R/A at the intersection of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Jebel Ali–Lehbab Road to a flyover enabling free traffic movement in all directions.
“Jebel Ali–Lehbab Road will be upgraded through the construction of two bridges of six lanes in each direction along with turns and direct ramps to ensure a smooth flow of traffic from Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road to and from Abu Dhabi.
“Improvements would also ease the traffic from Jebel Ali–Lehbab Road in the direction of Sheikh Zayed Road, northward to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road in the direction of Dubai, and southward to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road in the direction of Abu Dhabi.
“Phase 1 also includes road works extending 27km on Jebel Ali–Lehbab Road involving the widening of the road from four to six lanes in each direction as well as constructing service roads in both directions and four bridges in some parts of the road.”
The RTA chairman said: “Phase 2 includes the construction of two flyovers on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road to ensure free entry and exit to the site of Expo in addition to roadworks extending 16km.
“The first intersection (Expo Junction) encompasses the construction of two six-lane bridges to serve the traffic inbound from Dubai, Sharjah and other Emirates heading to the parking yard of Expo.
“Two two-lane bridges would be constructed to serve the traffic from Abu Dhabi to Expo as well as a two-lane bridge for traffic exiting Expo heading to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road in the direction of Abu Dhabi.
“The second intersection (Al Maktoum Airport Junction) encompasses the construction of a three-lane bridge to serve the traffic inbound from Dubai, Sharjah and other Emirates heading to Expo in addition to a two-lane bridge to serve vehicles exiting Expo heading to Abu Dhabi.
“It also involves the construction of surface roads to ease the turns from and to Abu Dhabi as well as service roads on both sides of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road.”
The plan also includes the construction of Route 2020 involving the extension of the Dubai Metro Red Line 15km from Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station to the site of Expo 2020.
It also includes improving public transport routes and systems such as the deployment of environment-friendly buses, operating taxis to serve visitors, besides providing parking spaces and streamlining the movement of public transit means.