Dubai / WAM
The Road and Transport Authority (RTA) has awarded a contract for constructing Sheikh Rashid Road – Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road Interchange Project costing AED611 million which is set for completion during the last quarter of 2017.
Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA, said, â€œThe Sheikh Rashid Road – Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road Interchange is part of a major project for upgrading Al Shindagha roads network. The new project is situated at the crossing of Sheikh Rashid Road heading northward towards Al Shindagha, with Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Rd. heading towards the junction of Al Kuwait Rd. and Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road.
The new project is being undertaken as part of the RTAâ€™s master plan for upgrading the network of roads, bridges, crossings and tunnels to accommodate growing traffic and improve mobility throughout Dubai. The plan aims to develop integrated solutions of roads as well as land and marine transport networks that are safe for users, compatible with comprehensive development plans, addressing the needs of demographic expansion, and contributing to sustainable development and investment in the emirate.
The project encompasses the construction of a bridge on the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road and a tunnel on the Sheikh Rashid Road as well as a bridge stretching from Umm Harir Road in the direction of Sheikh Rashid Road.
â€œThe RTA has set out a comprehensive plan for smooth traffic flow at traffic diversions. Accordingly, the temporary diversion conforms to the standards of permanent roads specifications in terms of engineering design, leveling, asphalt and sufficient lighting consistent with the designed speed of the road to ensure the safety of road users. The same number of lanes will be maintained in the diversion to avoid any negative impacts on the normal traffic flow, additional snarls or delays due construction works. The contractorâ€™s site will be fully separated by a high barrier to reduce the noise levels experienced by road users to the minimum,â€ said Al Tayer.
By the end of April this year, the RTA will open the upgrading of Wafi Interchange project, one of the key interchanges in Dubai as it links with a number of key roads.
This project encompasses the construction of a three-lane bridge from Oud Metha Road, near Latifa Hospital, in the direction of Sheikh Rashid Road and from there to the Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Saada Road, the flyover leading to the Dubai World Trade Centre, extending 700 meters with a capacity to handle around 3,300 vehicles per hour.