As an ever-growing city, Dubai is always developing its road infrastructure. With the Expo 2020 coming closer, Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has increased the pace of road development and there are a number of roads that would be completed this year.
The construction of the 7th Interchange Project of the Sheikh Zayed Road aims to improve the capacity of the traffic flow from Sheikh Zayed Road to Al Yalayes Road eastward and to Dubal Street and from Al Yalayes Road to Dubal Street; in both directions.
The project comprises the construction of a bridge of four lanes branching out of Al Yalayes Road into two bridges of two lanes each at a capacity of 3,000 vehicles per hour. The first one is bound to Jebel Ali, and the other one leads to Dubal Street and Jebel Ali Port.
The opening of the 1st phase of the 7th Interchange Project and Al Yalayes Rd.,on Sheikh Zayed Road, on September 15, will contribute to a smoother traffic flow between Sheikh Zayed Road& Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road. Watch this video for more details#DubaiRoads#DubaiProjects pic.twitter.com/KkyDu7XU4v— RTA (@RTA_Dubai) July 18, 2018
It also includes improving the right-side turn to make three lanes at a capacity of 3,000 vehicles per hour, stretching out of the Sheikh Zayed Road to Al Yalayes Road in the east, and two lanes from Al Yalayes Road to the Sheikh Zayed Road in the direction of Dubai. It covers the construction of two lanes in the direction of the Sheikh Zayed Road and on to Dubal Street, and one lane from Dubal Street to the Sheikh Zayed Road in the direction of Jebel Ali.
The project also includes improving the light signals at Gate No. 1 and 2 of Jebel Ali Port, and the construction of another bridge of two lanes to serve the traffic inbound from Dubal Street in Jebel Free Zone & Port crossing over the Sheikh Zayed Road in the direction of Al Yalayes Road eastward.
Al Yalayes and Al Asayel Roads
As part of the phases of the Parallel Roads Project, Al Yalayes Road is being constructed over 6km, extending from the 7th Interchange of Sheikh Zayed Road to Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road at Al Houdh Interchange. The RTA will also construct Al Asayel Road extending 5km to link with Jafza, Jumeirah Islands and Emirates Hills.
Phase I includes increasing the number of lanes of Al Yalayes Road from three to five lanes in each direction from Sheikh Zayed Road to Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road. In a subsequent stage, the number of lanes of Al Yalayes Road will be increased from three to five lanes in the direction from Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road to Sheikh Zayed Road. Thus, the capacity of Al Yalayes Road will increase by 66 per cent from 12,000 to 20,000 vehicles per hour in both directions.
Phase II also includes completing the remaining lanes from and to the upper interchanges to provide traffic movement from and to First Al Khail and Al Asayel Roads. The scope of works includes the construction of two flyovers managed by traffic signals with due consideration given to Etihad Rail Project.
The project includes the completion of Al Asayel Road Extension over 5km with three lanes in each direction with a capacity of 4,500 vehicles per hour per direction. It also includes the construction of six surface light signals on Al Asayel Road to provide entry and exit points for some of the existing development projects such as Discovery Gardens and Al Furjan.
By Angel Tesorero
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