The new project is worth Dhs700million…

In huge news in terms of roads and traffic updates in the city, the Al Khail road will undergo major upgrades and expansions through a new contract worth Dhs700million awarded by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

In response to the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, the RTA has put in place a road development plan that will include the construction of bridges spanning 3,300 metres, along with road improvement works spanning 6,820 metres across seven locations along Al Khail Road, including Zabeel, Meydan, Al Quoz 1, Ghadeer Al Tair, and Jumeirah Village Circle.

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The aim of this project is to not only expand the road network to accommodate the continually growing volume of traffic and ease the perennial traffic woes of the city, but also improve the road infrastructure to cater to the urban and demographic needs of the city. With these new additions, traffic will potentially see a more seamless overflow.

The result of the expansion is estimated to increase the current capacity of the intersections and bridges by approximately 19,600 vehicles per hour along Al Khail Road and cut down travel times by 30 per cent.

At the beginning of the project, the first site will see the construction of a three-lane bridge spanning 700 metres to accommodate about 4,800 vehicles per hour, linking traffic from Zabeel Palace Street and Oud Metha Road directly onto Al Khail Road in the direction of Abu Dhabi, with the six others to follow.

A start date and ETA on the completed expansions is not clear yet, but we imagine the project will kick off very soon. Earlier, road improvement works had taken place on the Al Khail Road in 2012, transforming the existing roundabouts into flyovers and widening the road to six lanes in each direction.


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