RTA nod for Al Houdh roundabout overhaul

RTA nod for Al Houdh roundabout overhaul

Signalised roundabout to be converted to free crossing in 24 months at a cost of Dh227 million.



By Staff Reporter

Published: Mon 24 Nov 2014, 12:18 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 10:01 PM

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has endorsed awarding a contract for converting Al Houdh roundabout from a signalised roundabout to a free multi-tier crossing at a cost of Dh227 million.

The layout plan of the free multi-tier crossing that will replace Al Houdh roundabout. — Supplied photos

The awarding of this contract brings the total cost of widening and improving the Shaikh Mohammed Bin Zayed road from the outskirts of Dubai and Sharjah up to Al Houdh roundabout to Dh2.52 billion.

“Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, issued directives to upgrade Al Houdh roundabout and complete it as early as possible in order to improve the traffic movement on this junction, and raise its capacity by constructing flyovers across the Shaikh Mohammed Bin Zayed road to ensure a smooth traffic flow to and from Al Yalayis road in all directions,” said Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA.

The project comprises widening of the Shaikh Mohammed Bin Zayed road in an 11km-long sector stretching from Al Houdh roundabout to the intersection leading to Al Maktoum Airport from three lanes to six lanes in each direction. It also encompasses the construction of a 4km-long service road on both sides of the Shaikh Mohammed Bin Zayed road from the intersection with Al Khail road to Al Houdh roundabout to ease the entry to and exit from developmental projects in the neighbourhood.

“The project, which will be constructed in over 24 months, also covers other works such as street lighting, storm water drainage systems, traffic signals, and road markings in addition to utility works as needed by service providers in the area,” Al Tayer said.

Al Tayer said improvement of Al Houdh roundabout project is part of Phase II of improvement and widening of the Shaikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road Project. “Previously, the RTA opened a flyover across Al Houdh roundabout on the Shaikh Mohammed Bin Zayed road to service vehicular traffic coming from Jebel Ali Port to the road in the direction of Dubai city.”

The crossing comprises three lanes extending about 1km linking Al Yalayis road in the direction from Jebel Ali to the Shaikh Mohammed Bin Zayed road in the direction of Dubai, besides opening of the widening of the road from three to six lanes in the direction from Al Houdh roundabout to the Arabian Ranches interchange in a sector stretching 10km.

“As part of Phase II of the project costing about Dh940 million, the RTA has accomplished the construction of a flyover linking Hessa road, Al Khail road and Al Barsha area with the Shaikh Mohammed Bin Zayed road,” Al Tayer added.

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