Dubai ruler approves $136M road project


Vice-president and prime minister of the UAE, and ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has approved a project to improve a 12km stretch of the Tripoli Road in Dubai.

The project, estimated to cost AED500M ($136M), will connect the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road with the Emirates Road.

The scope of the work will involve the widening of the Tripoli Road over a 6.5km stretch from the intersection with the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road to the Academic City Road, and the construction of a new 5.3km road with three lanes in each direction from the intersection of the Academic City up to the Emirates Road.

It will also include the upgrading of the Tripoli-Algiers Roads junction to a tunnel of three lanes in each direction, and of the Tripoli- Nouakchott junction to a bridge of three lanes in each direction, improving the existing at-grade signalised junction.

Additionally,  the intersection of Tripoli-Academic City Roads will be transformed into a flyover, and the Tripoli-Emirates Roads junction will be converted into a bridge.

Mattar Al Tayer, director general and chairman of the board of executive directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), said: “The project aims to enhance the link between Dubai and Sharjah besides easing traffic congestions, streamlining traffic movement and stepping up safety along this corridor.

“Upon completion, the project will act as a parallel to Al Amardi–Al Khawaneej as well as Al Awir-Ras Al Khor corridors. The new project has an intake of about 12,000 vehicles per hour in both directions (6000 vehicles per hour per direction) and is set to ease the traffic flow on these two corridors by 30%.”

* Data provided by Timetric's Construction Intelligence Center.

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