New interchanges to ease traffic problems

DUBAI - A major portion of work on the First Interchange along the Shaikh Zayed Road, including the bridge heading towards the Dubai Mall in Downtown Burj Dubai, will be completed by September, the Roads and Transport Authority announced yesterday.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Tue 29 Jul 2008, 1:53 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:18 PM

The massive mall is expected to be opened by the end of August.

Mattar Al Tayer, the Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA, said that 70 per cent construction in the upper deck off the Financial Centre Road was already completed.

The 1st Interchange of Shaikh Zayed Road has been termed as the biggest interchange project undertaken by the RTA. The Dh617 million project consists of bridges extending more than 3 km and underpasses extending 850 metres. The project is being constructed by the Italian Salini Co in coordination with the RTA. Forty per cent of work will be completed in September.

"The new interchanges will allow for free traffic flow in all directions. The project links Shaikh Zayed Road with the upper and lower deck of the Financial Centre Road. It also includes construction of an underpass to link the road passing behind Mazaya Centre with the road passing behind the towers overlooking Shaikh Zayed Road."

"Moreover, it covers widening of Al Safa Road and improving interchanges up to Al Wasl Road," said Al Tayer.

The Dh695 million Financial Centre Road, which is part of Ras Al Khor Project, entails construction of a flyover across Doha Road, consisting of three lanes in the direction of Jumeirah and five lanes in the opposite direction.

The project aims to enhance the efficiency of traffic flow of Doha Road and accommodate the traffic volumes generated by the new property developments such as Burj Dubai, Dubai Mall, Business Bay and Dubai International Financial Centre.

"Once completed, the project will have the capacity to intake more than 16,000 vehicles per hour in both directions. It also includes an interchange enabling traffic flow in and out of the New Ras Al Khor hub," Al Tayer said.

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