Last two phases of roads given green light
As directed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has awarded two contracts of the last two phases (5 and 6) of roads leading to Expo 2020 Project.
The main objective of the project is to ensure a smooth traffic flow to serve visitors as well as future projects in the area.
These two phases include improvements to both Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road and the intersection of Emirates Road with Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road.
The total cost of these two phases amounts to US$170 million (AED630 million).
HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA, said: “The Improvement of Roads Leading to Expo is one of the big projects currently undertaken by RTA to serve the needs of hosting Expo 2020 in Dubai.
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“Due to the massive nature of the project, it had been split into six phases to ensure the timely completion of works, well before the opening of Expo. Contracts for the previous four phases had already been awarded.
“Phase 5 covers the construction of bridges extending 2.6 km and roads running up to 3 km. Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road will be widened from three to six lanes in each direction over a 3 km sector, and service roads will be built to improve the current traffic situation.
“At the intersection with Al Asayel Road, Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road will be elevated to a bridge spanning 800 meters of six lanes in each direction.
“Two other bridges will be constructed to link Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road with a service road extending one kilometre to ensure a smooth traffic flow from and to Expo.
“During this phase, Al Asayel Road will have a surface signalised at the intersection with Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road to ensure a smooth entry & exit from & to Jebel Ali Industrial Area and JAFZA.
“Phase 6 covers the improvement of roads leading to Expo encompassing the construction of bridges extending 1.4 km and roads of 8 km in length.
“Lanes of Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road will be increased from four to six in each direction over a 3 km sector, and the Emirates Road will be upgraded over a 5 km stretch.”
Over the past few months, RTA had awarded four contracts for the ‘Improvement of Roads Leading to Expo Project’.
Phases 1 and 2 included contracts for improving Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road and the intersection with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road.
Phases 3 and 4 included upgrading two intersections of Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Road with both Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road and Al Yalayes Road.
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