UAE government approves road projects worth $327M


UAE prime minister and vice president and ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has approved two contracts for the construction of the 7th Interchange on Sheikh Zayed Road, and the Al Yalayis and Al Asayel roads in Dubai.

The AED1.2bn ($326.7M) projects aim to strengthen the link between Sheikh Zayed Road, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road, ease traffic flow on Sheikh Zayed Road, and improve business activity from and to Jebel Ali Port.

The 7th Interchange project on Sheikh Zayed Road, estimated to cost about AED393M, will include the construction of a four-lane bridge branching out of Al Yalayis Road into two bridges of two lanes each.

Al Yalayis Road will stretch 6km from the 7th Interchange of Sheikh Zayed Road to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road at Al Houdh Interchange. The number of lanes will be increased from three to six in each direction.

The Al Asayel Road will extend 5km to connect with JAFZA, Jumeirah Islands, and Emirates Hills. Plans also include the construction of side roads with three to six lanes in each direction, and two flyovers.

Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), said: “Such projects are prompted by Dubai’s sustained development, and the need to meet the requirements of growth and urban development and bring happiness to people. These are also part of the road projects approved for easing mobility and accessibility to the site of Expo 2020.

“The Project will raise the capacity of Al Yalayis Road to almost 10,000 vehicles per hour per direction. It will also cut short the transit time between the 7th Interchange on Sheikh Zayed Road and the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road to as low as four minutes.”

* Data provided by Timetric's Construction Intelligence Center.

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