RTA announces completion of Jumeirah Palm Island Road Corridor and Access Project
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced the completion of the AED 370 million Jumeirah Palm Island Road Corridor and Access Project, which will aid the free flow of traffic to and from Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Sufouh Road and integrated access to TECOM (Internet City, Media City and Knowledge Village) and Palm Jumeirah which is a major tourist attraction. The new road network will also improve access to the Dubai Marina area.
The project included the development of bridges and tunnels, in addition to the widening of lanes on either side on Sheikh Zayed Road. A 420-metre-long bridge will enable free flow of traffic from TECOM to Sheikh Zayed Road, while a 390-metre-long bridge will connect Jumeirah Palm Island with Sheikh Zayed Road.
Three tunnels have been constructed to provide direct access from Sheikh Zayed Road to TECOM and the Jumeirah Palm Island. A 340-metre-long tunnel has been constructed to connect the two sides of TECOM compound while another tunnel 170 metres in length will provide access from the Jumeirah Palm Island to Al Sufouh Road. In addition, the Sheikh Zayed Road has been widened from four to five lanes for a distance of two kilometers.
Engineer Ali Al Jasem, Head of Roads Construction section-Roads Department, RTA, said, “The timely completion of this project will benefit a large number of people as it will significantly smoothen the flow of traffic on Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Sufouh Road while also providing easy access to the Jumeirah Palm Island, which will soon be home to hundreds of families. These measures are integral to realizing RTA’s vision of developing a world-class, integrated road network in Dubai.”
Some of the exits and internal lanes will not be accessible until the investors and contractors complete the projects under construction in the areas of Dubai Pearl, Palm Jumeirah and TECOM.
RTA is committed to improve the traffic network in Dubai to highlight the presence of the Emirate on the world map. One of the projects in line with this is the fifth interchange on Sheikh Zayed Road which will provide more access roads to Dubai Marina and is scheduled for completion by the first quarter of next year.
The Jumeirah Palm Island Road Corridor and Access Project also included the installation of services and diversion of existing utilities and services, such as water, irrigation, sewers, electricity and telephone lines, on both sides of Sheikh Zayed Road, within the TECOM compound.