RTA awards new Lihbab Road contract worth Dh164m
Roads & Transport Authority – Mohammed Al Munji:
The Board of Directors of the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), chaired by H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA, has recently awarded a contract for the New Lihbab Road project (Al Yalayes) linking the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road (at Al Houdh R/A) with Emirates Road, at a cost of 164 million dirham. Construction works in the project will begin as early as this month and continue for 18 months.
“The project comprises the construction of a dual carriage way of 4 lanes in each direction stretching 9 km in addition to one direct directional bridge to provide free traffic flow allowing left turns for vehicles inbound from Jebel Ali Port heading towards Emirates Road in the direction of Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman and other Emirates. The project also comprises the construction of two R/As; the first at the intersection of Al Yalayes Road with the Academic City Road, and the other at the intersection of the entry of the Golf Estates and the Dubai Investment Park. These R/As have been designed in such a way to allow for the construction of flyovers without having to make traffic diversions in future,” explained Al Tayer.
“Al Yalayes Road is considered one of the key corridors of roads network in the Dubai Emirate. Classified as a highway linking three key traffic corridors (Sheikh Zayed Road, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, and Emirates Road), the project provides an auxiliary traffic corridor to support the movement of goods within the Emirate of Dubai, and ease the movement of trucks on the Sheikh Zayed Road and the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road.
“The construction of this project will have a key role in alleviating traffic congestions and shortening the transit time from and to several property development projects such as the Dubai Investment Park, Golf Estates and Emaar’s Al-Lisaili project.
“The engineering design of the project addressed the provision of entry and exit points that provide utmost safety for road users in general and visitors of these districts in particular as the U-turns and disorderly turns will be eliminated in the entire neighbourhood.
“The new road will link the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road (at Al Houdh R/A) with the Emirates Road and as such will provide a vital road linking the traffic movement from Jebel Ali Port towards the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed and Emirates Roads. The RTA had earlier this year opened a flyover on the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road passing above Al Houdh R/A comprising 5 lanes; 3 linking Al Yalayes Road (inbound from Jebel Ali to the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road in the direction of Dubai), and a two-lane ramp extending around 2.5 km serving Abu Dhabi-outbound traffic in the direction of the Emirates Road. It also opened the widening of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road from three to six lanes in a 10 km-long sector stretching from Al Houdh R/A up to the Arabian Ranches interchange.
“This project is a key part of two important projects the RTA has recently accomplished costing about 1.515 billion dirham i.e. Phase II of the Widening & Improving of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road Project in the sector extending from the Arabian Ranches Interchange up to Al Houdh R/A, and the Al Khail Road Improvement Project (Al Khail Road, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road: Interchange 19). The two projects had been undertaken under RTA’s master plan for improving roads, bridges, crossings and tunnels to ease the traffic movement in various parts of the Dubai Emirate. They also come in implementation of RTA’s master plan for developing the infrastructure of roads & bridges network and mass transit means in the Emirate, developing integrated solutions of road systems and marine networks that are safe and in line with the sweeping development plans, and capable of meeting the needs of demographic expansion and encouraging the development & investment drive in the Emirate.
- Mattar Al Tayer
- Layout of the new Al Yalayes Road