Saturday, March 20, 2010

RTA opens today bridges leading to Meydan as coop with Meydan City Corp hailed

RTA opens today bridges leading to Meydan as coop with Meydan City Corp hailed

Al Tayer: RTA is all set to continue road construction & widening projects

Roads & Transport Authority – Mohammed Al Munji:
The Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) has coordinated with Meydan City Corp to open today (Sunday) bridges and roads leading to Meydan Racecourse at Nad El Sheba. The project comprises bridges extending 2025 meters; including two 710 meter-long bridges, each consisting of two lanes per direction for entering & exiting Meydan, and another private bridge for VIP use providing direct access to Meydan Grandstand.
The Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA H.E. Mattar Al Tayer hailed the full and continued cooperation of Meydan City Corp; which has helped in stepping up the work tempo and completing the project in a record time. The completion of Meydan Road project has been timed with the completion of the internal construction works of the project in a fully coordinated format and schedule, such that it will be ready on time for the 15th running of the Dubai World Cup on March 27.
“Meydan Roads & Bridges Project; which has a price tag of one billion dirham, is one of the key projects undertaken by the RTA and its importance is underlined by the massive nature of Meydan project which spans an area of 67 million square feet and harbours the world’s biggest horseracing racecourse, in addition to a 5-start hotel, state-of-the-art stables, Meydan Gallery, canals, restaurants, IMAX cinema hall for 585 persons, and a parking space for 10 thousand vehicles” said Al Tayer.
Work in the project involved diverting the route of Meydan Road, which surrounds Meydan City, and providing corridors to access Meydan City. The new Meydan Road comprises four lanes in each direction starting from the existing interchange with Dubai-Al Ain Road and extending 4.5 km up to the Falcon Club. The project also encompassed construction of four bridges including one bridge for the use of VIPs leading to Meydan Grandstand; with an iconic architectural design making it a standout among other bridges in the Emirate, where a special coating has been applied to the metal part of the bridge along with decorative lighting fixtures.
The project also included partial construction of the water canal within the right of way of Meydan Road beneath the main bridge of the project, which is planned to link up with Dubai Creek and Meydan Grandstand in future to facilitate marine navigation below the main bridge of the project. For this purpose, the utility lines under the canal have been shifted and the elevation of two high voltage power lines has been upped to ensure sufficient vertical clearance distance from the road domain. Works also included constructing a new rainwater drainage system, as well as fitting decorative night lighting system.

“These projects are part of RTA strategy to keep pace with the current and future needs of urban development, development drive and demographic growth & expansion. RTA therefore needs to have in place advanced roads & transportation network to support the evolution of the Emirate as a reputable high profile cosmopolitan city, an international destination for tourists, visitors and business leaders from all over the world, and a key regional and global center for conventions and exhibitions. This warrants maintaining the development process and preserving the appearance of the city to live up to its billing” said RTA Chairman of the Board and Executive Director.

In conclusion, Al Tayer stated that RTA would continue construction of several main and arterial roads in the Emirate as part of an integrated road construction and widening projects in keeping with its strategy to provide advanced services to residents and comprehensive practical solutions ensuring seamless traffic flow; which adds to RTA vision of providing Safe & Smooth Transport for All in the Emirate.

Photo caption:
 Mattar Al Tayer
 Bridges leading to Meydan Racecourse
 Workers making the final touches on the bridges
 Finishing works of the bridges leading to Meydan Grandstand
 Stylish designs of the bridges

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