Two contracts have been awarded to implement Phases 1 and 2 of the Expo Roads Improvement project.
Worth approximately $370.3m (AED1.36bn), the contracts will ensure that the project meets its aim of providing smooth traffic flow for Expo visitors, as well as future developments in the area.
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Both phases include the improvement of the Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road at the intersection with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, as well as the construction of bridges – to and from the expo yard – on the latter road.
The development is one of the largest that is currently being carried out by Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), and is divided into six phases to ensure its timely delivery "well before the opening" of Expo 2020 Dubai, RTA's chief said.
HE Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors of RTA, also explained the scope of both contracts.
"Phase 1 includes converting the existing roundabout at the intersection of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Jebel Ali–Lehbab Road to a flyover enabling free traffic movement in all directions. Jebel Ali–Lehbab Road will be upgraded through the construction of two bridges of six lanes in each direction, along with turns and direct ramps to ensure a smooth flow of traffic from Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road to and from Abu Dhabi."
According to Al Tayer, Phase 1 also includes roadworks extending 27km on Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road, involving the widening of the road from four to six lanes in each direction, in addition to constructing service roads in both directions and four bridges in select parts.
Meanwhile, Phase 2 includes the construction of two flyovers of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road to ensure free entry and exit from the Expo site, in addition to roadworks extending 16km.
"The first intersection, Expo Junction, encompasses the construction of two six-lane bridges to serve the traffic inbound from Dubai, Sharjah, and other emirates heading to the parking yard of Expo," Al Tayer explained.
"Two double-lane bridges will be constructed to serve traffic from Abu Dhabi to Expo, as well as a two-lane bridge for traffic exiting Expo, heading to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road in the direction of Abu Dhabi.
"The second intersection, Al Maktoum Airport Junction, encompasses the construction of a three-lane bridge to serve the traffic inbound from Dubai, Sharjah, and other emirates heading to Expo, in addition to a two-lane bridge to serve vehicles exiting Expo and heading to Abu Dhabi.
"It also involves the construction of surface roads to ease the turns from and to Abu Dhabi, as well as service roads on both sides of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road," Al Tayer added, according to Dubai Media Office.