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Dubai’s RTA reveals new diversions on Jebel Ali-Lehbab road

Dubai’s RTA reveals new diversions on Jebel Ali-Lehbab road

The diversions have been announced as part of construction works for the Route 2020 project

Traffic diversions have been introduced on the Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road as part of construction works for the Route 2020 project, the Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced on Thursday.

The Route 2020 project involves extending the Dubai Metro Red Line for 15km from Nakheel Harbour and Tower station to the site of Expo 2020. Work on the project is currently ongoing, with the RTA confirming that the completion rate reached 7 per cent in April.

Adel Al Marzouqi, director of the Right-of-Way at RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency, said: “The traffic diversions will remain in place until the completion of the required works.

“Minor changes will be made in the lanes of Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road in both directions to make room for casting the piers of Dubai Metro’s elevated track in the median, while maintaining the same number of the existing lanes.”

He confirmed that the RTA has set up a plan for the temporary traffic diversions of Route 2020, which will be undertaken over several phases during the project construction period.

“The project teams and contractors will do their best to ensure a smooth traffic flow and minimise the impact on residents until completion of all project works. They are keen on constructing the infrastructure of Route 2020 according to the plan and timetable set to ensure smooth traffic flow on roads and internal roads of residential and business complexes affected by this strategic project,” he added.

Al-Marzouqi called upon motorists and road users to pay attention to traffic diversions and follow the directional signs to ensure their safety and avoid congestions that may trigger traffic jams for extended periods.

“Works will continue day and night until the completion of Route 2020 project,” he confirmed.

Route 2020 comprises 11.8km as an elevated track and 3.2km as an underground track. It has seven stations, including an interchange station, one station at Expo site – featuring aeroplane wing shaped structures, three elevated stations and two underground stations.

A Dhs10.6bn contract for the Route 2020 metro expansion was awarded to a consortium led by France’s Alstom, the RTA announced in June last year.

Trials are expected to begin by the end of 2019 with the route to become operational five months before the start of Expo 2020 in October.

The capacity of Route 2020 is 46,000 users per hour in both directions – equalling 23,000 users per hour per direction.

The ridership of the route is expected to hit 125,000 users per day by 2020, and rise to 275,000 users per day by 2030, according to the RTA.

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