New Abu Dhabi-Dubai highway to open by end of 2016

Published June 2nd, 2016 - 04:31 GMT
The Dh2.1billion project comprises four lanes in both directions. (Shutterstock)
The Dh2.1billion project comprises four lanes in both directions. (Shutterstock)

A new highway connecting Dubai and Abu Dhabi will be opened to motorists by the end of the year.

The nearly completed 62-kilometre long Abu Dhabi - Dubai highway comprising four lanes in both directions, is an extension of the Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (MBZR) in Seih Shuaib at the Dubai border.

The work is going on and 83 per cent of the construction has finished, the Abu Dhabi General Services Company (Musanada) announced on Wednesday.

The highway starting from Seih Shuaib towards Abu Dhabi, the highway will pass through the Forest Belt, Al Maha Forest, Kizad, Khalifa City, then crossing Al Ajban Road, passing by Abu Mureikha, Zayed Military City, Al Falah area and Sweihan Interchange at Abu Dhabi-Sweihan Road, which is just behind Abu Dhabi Airport.

The Dh2.1billion project includes six interchanges, in addition to six underground passes.

"This road project will provide a new link to Abu Dhabi city towards the international airport and Yas, in addition to Saadiyat islands," said Eng. Hamdan Al Mazrouei, Musanada's acting roads director.

The execution of this new highway has followed a detailed study of the conditions and volume of daily traffic between Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

The four-lane highway will have a capacity of 8,000 vehicles per hour, 2,000 vehicles per each lane.

Functioning as an alternative route to the existing E11 Abu Dhabi-Dubai highway, the new motorway will form a strategic link that will provide an additional capacity to traffic movement particularly during peak hours and weekends.

"It will help improve traffic flow between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, easing traffic congestion and reducing the accident rates," added Al Mazrouei.

By Silvia Radan



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