First phase of $272m Parallel roads project opens in Dubai


The first phase of Parallel Roads Improvement project in the Godolphin vicinity, which includes two phases costing AED1bn ($272m), has been opened.

Designed as a part of the strategic plan of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) for easing the pressure on main roads, the project is one of the biggest projects currently being undertaken by the authority.

Starting from Shaikh Rashid Road in the north and ending on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, the 108km long road project includes improving the existing intersection of Al Meydan and Al Khail Roads.

Under the project, new flyovers have been constructed to ease overlapping traffic and peak hour congestion. It also includes the construction of a two-lane bridge to serve the traffic coming from Al Khail Road in the direction of Sharjah passing through Al Asayel Road up to the intersection of Oud Metha Road.

Additionally, the project features the provision of direct entry/exit points for the Meydan Development Project and the construction of four underpasses extending 1,150 m, of which 300m is covered and the rest is open.

Roads and Transport Authority director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors Mattar Al Tayer said: “The project is undertaken as part of RTA’s master plan for upgrading the network of roads, bridges, crossings and tunnels to accommodate the growing traffic movement and improve mobility throughout Dubai.

Once completed, the two phases of the Parallel Roads Project will increase its capacity to 20,000 vehicles per hour in both directions and enhance the capacity of Meydan Road.

The Dubai RTA also believes that the two phases of the project aim to ease traffic density by 15% on Shaikh Zayed Road between 1st and 2nd interchanges.

Furthermore, it will decrease the journey time between Shaikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road from 12 to 2.5 minutes, and ease the pressure on the Financial Centre Road.

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