From four lanes to five

DUBAI - A project to expand Shaikh Zayed Road from four lanes to five lanes in both directions in the area between the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) Interchange and Al Manara Interchange, totalling eight kilometres, has been approved by Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance and Industry and Chairman of Dubai Municipality.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Sun 31 Jul 2005, 12:26 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 3:45 PM

Apart from the expansion, the Dh82.32 million project involves the construction of a two-lane road between DWTC Interchange and Zabeel Interchange, upgrades to the service roads in the area, and landscaping.

Mattar Al Tayer, Deputy Director-General of Dubai Municipality, said that the project, which is estimated to be ready in 240 days, including a month for preparation of the site, was awarded to the contractor with the best offer.

Al Tayer clarified that the project reflects the effort of the municipality in keeping the traffic flow as smooth as possible along the Shaikh Zayed Road, which is an important artery in Dubai's road network.

The project involves expansion of two lanes from the DWTC roundabout to the Shaikh Rashid Road, upgrading to the underpass on the road towards Karama, addition of an extra lane to the DWTC underpass in either direction by fixing the road signs and decreasing the size of the existing lanes, and addition of a lane to the main road under the second interchange in both directions.

Al Tayer added that this project also includes the expansion of the main Shaikh Zayed Road with the addition of an additional lane in either direction from the area between DWTC and the Al Manara interchanges.

The project is expected to decongest Shaikh Zayed Road and the areas around it, which experience jams during peak hours everyday. It will complement the ongoing expansion of the Shaikh Zayed road from the First Interchange to the Seventh Interchange on both the Dubai-bound and Abu Dhabi-bound side of the highway.

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