Work begins on Umm Lafina project in Abu Dhabi


The Abu Dhabi Department of Transport (DoT) has begun work on a new project to connect Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Road with Umm Lafina and Al Reem Islands.

The AED1.131bn ($307.9m) project is part of the surface transport projects taken up by the DoT to achieve Abu Dhabi’s goals, improve infrastructure and support the economic growth in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

A road that links between Al Reem and Umm Lafina Islands to Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Road in Abu Dhabi on the intersection in Dhafeer Street will also be built as part of the project.

The 10.5km road, an extension of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Road, will include construction of five bridges and 4km of road which will be above water.

The project will be executed in two contracts.

Under the first contract, a 6.5km road with three lanes on each direction will be constructed from Al Reem Island, which will pass through Umm Lafina Island (North and South).

This project will include the construction of three bridges above canals.

Under the second contract, a 4km road will be constructed above water and areas with mangroves and will connect the south side of Umm Lafina Island with Sheikh Zayed Road.

In addition, two bridges will be built, passing through canals and main intersection, to ease vehicular traffic on the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Road.

Pedestrian and cycling lanes will also be constructed, along with other facilities and bike renting shops, to create an integrated project.

Arch-shaped concrete tiles will be used to protect environment, ensure flow of water, reduce the impact on mangroves and improve the navigation traffic in the area.

The project will be completed by the second quarter of 2020.

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