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Dubai awards $327m road project contracts

UAE Business

Dubai government has awarded contracts worth Dh1.2 billion ($327 million) for construction of the 7th Interchange on Sheikh Zayed Road, as well as the Al Yalayis and Al Asayel roads in the emirate, said a report.

The two projects, approved by Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, will enhance the link between Sheikh Zayed Road and both Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road, reported state news agency Wam.

It will also ease the traffic flow on Sheikh Zayed Road by diverting inbound traffic from Abu Dhabi on Sheikh Zayed Road to Al Yalayis Road and on to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road, it stated.

Commenting on the project, Mattar Al Tayer, the director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), said: "The 7th Interchange on Sheikh Zayed Road will be built at a cost of about Dh393 million ($107 million. It encompasses the construction of a four-lane bridge branching out of Al Yalayis Road into two bridges of two lanes each."

"The first one is bound for Abu Dhabi and the other one leads to Dubai Road and from there to Jebel Ali Free Zone and Port. It also includes improving the right-side turn to offer three lanes stretching out of Sheikh Zayed Road to Al Yalayis Road in the East, and two lanes from Al Yalayis Road to Sheikh Zayed Road in the direction of Dubai," explained Al Tayer.

The RTA, he said, will also construct Al Asayel Road, which will extend 5 km to link with Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), Jumeirah Islands, and Emirates Hills. The total cost of the two roads is about Dh792 million ($216 million).

The project also includes the construction of side roads with capacities ranging from three to six lanes in each direction to link adjacent intersections and ensure the movement of traffic from and to Al Asayel Road and First Al Khail Road, said the Wam report.

Works in the project include the construction of two flyovers fitted with light signals. The Etihad Rail Project has been taken into consideration in the project planning, it added.

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