This is great news for those who travel through Jebel Ali on their commute…

The first phases of the 7th Interchange on Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Yalayes Road improvement projects will be ready by September, according to Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

The two projects involved the building of a four-lane bridge above Sheikh Zayed Road down the Jebel Ali end of town, as well as the construction of parallel roads from the Interchange that will provide improved links to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road.

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The projects, which cost a combined Dhs1.2 billion, are now 85 per cent complete, the RTA says.

“The two projects… will ease the traffic flow on Sheikh Zayed Road by diverting the traffic inbound from Abu Dhabi on Sheikh Zayed Road to Al Yalayes Road and on to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road,” said RTA director-general HE Mattar Al Tayer.

“They will also boost the business and the movement of goods from and to Jebel Ali Port.”

Al Tayer said Al Yalayes Road would be able to handle almost 10,000 vehicles per hour per direction. The transit time between the 7th Interchange and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road would be cut down to as low as four minutes.

The first phase of the 7th Interchange project would improve traffic flow to and from Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Yalayes Road, in an eastward direction. This phase would be opened on September 15, Al Tayer said.

The second phase would improve traffic flow to and from Sheikh Zayed Road and Dubal Street, and would be opened in the last quarter of this year.

Meanwhile, Al Yalayes Road is being constructed over six kilometres, extending from the 7th Interchange to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road at the Al Houdh Interchange.

The RTA will also develop Al Asayel Road for five kilometres, to link with JAFZA, Jumeirah Islands, and Emirates Hills.

The first phase involves increasing the number of lanes on Al Yalayes Road from three to five in each direction, while the second phase will increase the lanes to and from the upper interchanges of First Al Khail and Al Asayel Roads along Al Yalayes Road to seven in each direction.

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