Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has awarded two contracts worth Dhs630m ($171.5m) for the last two phases of the Expo 2020 roads project, it announced on Saturday.
The two phases (five and six) include improvements to both Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road and the intersection of Emirates Road with Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road.
Phase 5 covers the construction of bridges extending 2.6km and roads running up to 3km.
Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road will be widened from three to six lanes in each direction over a 3km sector, and service roads will be built to improve the current traffic situation.
At the intersection with Al Asayel Road, Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road will be elevated to a bridge spanning 800m with six lanes in each direction.
“Two other bridges will be constructed to link Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road with a service road to ensure a smooth traffic flow from and to Expo,” said Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of RTA.
“During this phase, Al Asayel Road will have a surface signalised at the intersection with Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road to ensure a smooth entry and exit from and to Jebel Ali Industrial Area and JAFZA,” he added.
Meanwhile phase 6 covers the construction of bridges extending 1.4km and roads stretching 8km in length.
Lanes of Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road will be increased from four to six in each direction over a 3km sector, and the Emirates Road will be upgraded over a 5km stretch, said Al Tayer.
The existing roundabout at the junction of Emirates Road and Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road will be upgraded to a flyover to ensure free traffic flow in all directions. Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road will also be elevated to a bridge of four lanes in each direction, and two-lane service roads will be built at both sides.
“There will be turns and ramps to facilitate the flow of traffic from the Emirates Road to Abu Dhabi and vice a versa, and from Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road to Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Road. Traffic will flow smoothly northward from Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road to the Emirates Road in the direction of Dubai; and southward from Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road to the Emirates Road in the direction of Abu Dhabi,” added Al Tayer.
The main objective of the project is to ensure a smooth traffic flow to serve visitors as well as future projects in the area, a statement said.
هيئة الطرق والمواصلات ترسي عقد المرحلتين الأخيرتين 5 و 6 من مشروع تطوير شبكة الطرق المؤدية لمعرض إكسبو، وتتضمن تطوير شارع جبل علي لهباب، وتطوير تقاطع شارع #الإمارات مع شارع جبل علي لهباب، وتبلغ التكلفة الإجمالية للمرحلتين 630 مليون درهم. #دبي@RTA_Dubai pic.twitter.com/Wt5T6cKku7
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In the last few months, the RTA has awarded four contracts for project. Phase 1 and 2 included contracts for improving Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road and the intersection with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road. These two phases also included the construction of bridges on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road to serve the traffic from and to Expo 2020.
Phase 3 and 4 included upgrading two intersections of Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Road with both Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road and Al Yalayes Road. They also cover the development of two flyovers at the Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Road at the Dubai Investment Park and the widening of Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Road from two to five lanes in each direction.
“The Improvement of Roads Leading to Expo is one of the big projects currently undertaken by RTA to serve the needs of hosting Expo 2020 in Dubai. Due to the massive nature of the project, it had been split into six phases to ensure the timely completion of works, well before the opening of Expo,” said Al Tayer.
The RTA is also undertaking a number of other projects for Expo 2020 including the Route 2020 metro extension, the deployment of taxis and buses, and providing necessary parking spaces.
The six-month long expo will run from October 2020 until April 2021, and is expected to welcome 25 million visits.