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Dubai’s RTA opens new roads leading to Expo 2020 site

Dubai’s RTA opens new roads leading to Expo 2020 site

The project includes the construction of a bridge extending 1.4km and roads stretching about 8km

New roads leading to the site of Expo 2020 in Dubai will open on Sunday, December 22, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced.

The roads form the sixth phase of a Dhs3bn roads infrastructure project which aims to fully connect the Expo 2020 site.

The latest phase of the project includes the construction of a bridge extending 1.4km and roads stretching about 8km.

The number of lanes of Expo Road have been increased from four to six in each direction over a 3km stretch, besides upgrading a 5km sector of Emirates Road.

Works included transforming the existing roundabout at the intersection of Emirates Road and Expo Road into a flyover to enable free movement in all directions.

The road capacity has increased from 10,000 to 23,700 vehicles per hour. It will also improve the traffic flow to Expo, Dubai South and Al Maktoum International Airport, besides slashing the transit time as a result of removing the roundabout, and the traffic signal, a statement said.

Service roads, each of two lanes, have been constructed on both sides of the main Expo road.

Turns have been provided to ensure smooth flow of traffic from Emirates Road in the direction of Abu Dhabi and vice versa, and from Expo Road in the direction of Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Road.

“The project will ease the traffic movement from Expo Road northwards to the Dubai-bound Emirates Road, and from Expo Road Southwards to the Abu Dhabi-bound Emirates Road,” said Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the RTA.

It will also triple the vehicular capacity of the road, the RTA said.

The RTA also confirmed that work in underway on the other phases of the wider Dhs3bn project.

It opened phases 3 and 4 of roads leading to the Expo site in August.

It included constructing two intersections at Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Road with each of Expo Road and Al Yalayes Street. Two flyovers on Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street at the Dubai Investment Park have been upgraded. Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street has been widened from two to five lanes in each direction, and bridges constructed under both phases covered 17km.

Meanwhile work is currently underway in phases 1, 2 and 5.

Phases 1 and 2 cover transforming the existing roundabout at the intersection of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Expo Road into a flyover. Works underway include constructing direct entry/exit points to Expo 2020 from Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road. The total length of roads being constructed under both phases is about 43km.

Phase 5 includes constructing bridges extending 2.6km and roads spanning about 3km. The number of lanes of Expo Road will be increased from three to six in each direction over a sector of 3km together with service roads to improve the current traffic condition. Expo Road will be elevated at the intersection of Al Asayel Road over an 800-metre stretch, forming a bridge of six lanes in each direction. Two other bridges extending 1km have been built to link Expo Road with the service road.

Overall, the RTA has developed a strategic plan to provide the mobility needs of those attending Expo 2020. Works undertaken included upgrading roads and intersections, Route 2020 for extending Dubai Metro Red Line, and improving public transit networks, including buses and taxis.

The expo, which begins in October 2020 and runs for six months, is expected to attract 25 million visits, including over 70 per cent from outside the country.

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