Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that it has completed 85% of Phase 1 of its Parallel Roads Improvement Project.

Two bridges crossing over the Dubai Water Canal have been constructed as part of Phase 1, which is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2017.

The project comprises two phases with a combined value of around $272.3m (AED1bn). Phase 1 is estimated to cost $157.4m (AED578m), while Phase 2 has a projected cost of $91.5 (AED336m), UAE state news agency, WAM, reported.

Speaking during an inspection tour of the project, Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors of RTA, said that the aim of the project is to ease traffic congestion on Sheikh Zayed Road, particularly between Interchanges 1 and 2, by 15%.

He noted that the project will open up additional entry and exit points to Business Bay and Burj Khalifa District, boasting a capacity of 20,000 vehicles per hour in both directions.

Al Tayer explained: “It would also step up the capacity of Meydan Road, and cut down the journey time between Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road from 12 minutes to about 2.5 minutes. It would provide a ramp for Meydan Property Development Project, and ease the pressure on Financial Centre Road.

“The project entails the construction of bridges extending 5,665m and underpasses running 2,445m.”

Elaborating on Phase 1, Al Tayer said that it includes the construction of a 3.5 km-long flyover that consists of three lanes in each direction. This flyover crosses over the Dubai Water Canal, increasing the number of lanes to five in each direction above Godolphin Stables and Al Meydan Road up to Al Quoz Industrial Area.

He added: “It also includes upgrading the existing junction of Al Meydan Road and Al Khail Road, where flyovers will be constructed to provide left turns and ease the existing overlapping of traffic movement, which would reduce the congestion at the junction during peak hours.

“The project also includes the construction of a two-lane bridge to serve the traffic inbound from Al Khail Road in the direction of Sharjah to Al Asayel Road up to the junction with Oud Metha Road.”

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