New road opens to traffic

DUBAI - Dubai Municipality has opened parts of Road 327 to traffic, located between Al Qouz Industrial Area and Al Barsha Residential Area, after conducting a comprehensive asphalt research, Khalid Mohammed Al Marri, Head of the Roads Construction Section, said yesterday.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Thu 17 Apr 2003, 12:23 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 9:57 PM

The research was aimed at upgrading the quality of asphalts used in Dubai's roads to cope with the increasing number of heavy trucks using the emirate's roads and the prevailing hot climatic conditions, Mr Marri noted, adding that the road which was subject to the research, links Interchange 4 on the Shaikh Zayed Road to the Emirates Ring Road.

Mr Marri said that the research, awarded to a US firm which specialises in this field, was carried out in five basic phases, and involved creation of 36 asphalt designs using the locally available materials such as bitumen, moraine, and some other mixture reinforcing materials. After laboratory tests, the best were picked up on the basis of the test results, and were then put on a trial in several areas of Road 327.

Mr Marri noted that in the first two basic phases of the research project, the consultant firm studied the two previous similar researches which were carried out on Al Garhoud Road and prepared an action plan for the new project.

"As a subsequent and final part of the project, a comprehensive guide will be prepared for designing the asphalt mixtures, while a computer programme will also be prepared to design pavement layers of roads in the emirate of Dubai," Mr Marri explained.

"During the trial period on Road 327, we installed highly sophisticated equipment that could measure the temperature and the impact of passing heavy trucks on the asphalt mixtures. The daily monitoring process lasted one year and a full-fledged evaluation was carried out," Mr Marri said.

The official said that the project would tremendously contribute towards upgrading the asphalt mixtures in future road construction works so that the roads will withstand the severe climatic conditions and cope with the increasing number of heavy trucks.

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