The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai has awarded two contracts of Phase I and 2 of Expo Roads Improvement Project to facilitate traffic flow for visitors during Expo 2020, as well as support future projects in the area.
The total cost for these two phases of the project is estimated to be around AED1.36bn ($370m).
RTA director-general and board of executive directors chairman Mattar Al Tayer said: “The Improvement of Roads Network for Expo is one of the biggest road projects currently undertaken by RTA to meet the needs of hosting Expo 2020 in Dubai.
“Due to the immense nature of the project, it has been divided into six phases to ensure its timely delivery, well before the opening of Expo.”
The scope of the project includes the improvement of the Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road at the intersection with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, as well as construction of bridges on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road to serve Expo visitors.
Al Tayer added: “Phase 1 includes converting the existing R/A at the intersection of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road to a flyover enabling free traffic movement in all directions.
“Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road will be upgraded through the construction of two bridges of six lanes in each direction along with turns and direct ramps to ensure a smooth flow of traffic from Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road to and from Abu Dhabi.”
Furthermore he stated that Phase 1 will include associated road works and the expansion of the Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road from four to six lanes in each direction.
It also includes building of service roads in both directions and four bridges in some parts of the road to ensure seamless traffic movement.