Thursday, November 11, 2010

RTA opens Phase 4 of Dubai Bypass Road linking up with Al Faya Road, Abu Dhabi

RTA opens Phase 4 of Dubai Bypass Road linking up with Al Faya Road, Abu Dhabi

Al Tayer: The project, which extends 71 km from Sharjah to Abu Dhabi outskirts, provides alternative corridor to Emirates Rd & Sheikh Zayed Rd without driving through downtown area

Roads & Transport Authority – Mohammed Al Munji:

The Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) has yesterday opened Phase 4 of the Dubai Bypass Road linking up with Al Faya Road, Seih Shuaib, Abu Dhabi, better known as ‘Trucks Road’. This Phase, which also serves Al Maktoum International Airport, comprises a sector of six lanes in each direction stretching 25 km from the interchange of Dubai Bypass Road – Jebel Ali Lihbab Road up to Al Faya Road, Abu Dhabi Emirate. The sector has 3 camel crossings, also used as turn points and all service utility works have been completed along with the lighting poles.
H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA said: “By opening Phase 4, RTA has completed all phases of the Dubai Bypass Road, starting from the environs of Sharjah Emirate at Al Sajaa Interchange and terminating at the exit point from Dubai Emirate to Abu Dhabi Emirate, in a 70 km-long sector constructed at a cost in excess of one billion dirham.

“The Dubai Bypass Road is a key traffic corridor in the structural roads network plan undertaken by the RTA and offers an alternative motorway to Emirates Road and Sheikh Zayed Road as it provides an external corridor for motorists inbound from Northern Emirates and outbound to Abu Dhabi Emirate and vice versa without having to go through downtown area. By opening Phase IV, RTA has completed the opening of all phases of the Road which comprises 6 lanes in each direction,” said Al Tayer.
Al Tayer continued: “In view of the enormity of the project and as RTA was keen on accelerating the delivery of the project, it had been divided into four phases. Phase I started from Al Rawiyya R/A at Dubai - Al Ain Rd to Jebel Ali – Al Hebab Rd, with a total length of 24 km. It also included the construction of an express way of six lanes in each direction at a cost of 363 million dirham.

“Phase II started from the outskirts of the Dubai and Sharjah emirates at Al Sajaa Interchange to Al Rawiya Interchange at the Dubai – Al Ain Rd in a sector extending 23 km costing 295 million dirham. This Phase included the widening of the existing road from two to six lanes in each direction and fitting it with internal and external shoulders separated by the existing median. It also included transforming the R/A of the intersecting Al Khawaneej Road into an interchange allowing free movements in all directions as well as the construction of rainwater drainage system, utility lines conduits and camel crossing as well as improving the existing road elements such as the median, metal rail, safety fence and lighting works.

“Phase III included the construction of Al Qudrah Bridge on the Dubai Bypass Road, which comprises three lanes in each direction, in a sector stretching from Umm Suqeim Road in the direction of Al Qudrah (Endurance) area and Bab Al Shams and vice versa, costing 96 million dirham. Al Qudrah Bridge is considered one of the key phases of the six lanes Dubai Bypass Road, a key corridor of Al Qudrah Road and a continuation of the Umm Suqeim Road passing through the Arabian Ranches Interchange across the Emirates Road. Al Qudrah Bridge provides the users of the Dubai Bypass Road and Al Qudrah Road free movement in all directions. Motorists inbound from Umm Suqeim and outbound to Sharjah Emirate, and those coming from Al Qudrah area heading towards Abu Dhabi Emirate, can use the surrounding tunnels underneath the Dubai Bypass Road, which have been opened earlier to enable turning on the Dubai Bypass Road.

“The final Phase IV of the Dubai Bypass Road, which was constructed at a cost of 289 million dirham, comprised the construction of a dual expressway of six lanes in each direction extending from Jebel Ali – Lihbab Road to the outreaches of Abu Dhabi Emirate in a sector extending 25 km and linking up with Al Maktoum International Airport and Dubai Industrial City to accommodate the projected traffic movements in this road. It also included the construction of 3 camel crossings that can also be used as turning points in addition to rainwater drainage canals, utility lines conduits, metal rails, safety fence and lighting works,” said Mattar Al Tayer.

RTA Chairman of the Board and Executive Director concluded his statement saying: ”RTA will continue upgrading several key and arterial projects in the Dubai Emirate as part of an integrated road-widening plans under a strategy aiming to provided advanced services to residents as well as practical & all-inclusive solutions that ensure seamless traffic flow and realization of RTA vision of providing Safe & Smooth Transport for All in the Emirate.

Photo captions:
• Mattar Al Tayer
Layout of the path of the Dubai Bypass Road

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