Al Tayer: Project completion hits 80%, final completion in Dec 2010
H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), announced that key bridges in the First Interchange of Sheikh Zayed Road Project will be opened on May 30. These include the traverse bridges across Sheikh Zayed Road, providing freeway in both directions from Al Safa Road to Financial Center Road, a seamless traffic flow form Al Safa Road towards Dubai.
“By opening these bridges RTA is edging towards a completion rate as high as 80% of the key bridges & roads of the project; which is considered one of the most important and sophisticated projects currently undertaken by the RTA. It is planned that all construction works in the project will be completed, opened and operated on full capacity by the end of December this year” stated Al Tayer.
“The First Interchange of Sheikh Zayed Road ranks among the biggest interchanges in Dubai Emirate, featuring bridges under construction stretching 3 km and a tunnel extending 850 meters. Total cost of the Project, which is constructed by the Italian Company Salini, is about 617 million dirham” added RTA Chairman of the Board and Executive Director.
“The importance of this project is underscored by its vital location at Sheikh Zayed Road near Burj Khalifa and Dubai Financial Center, thus linking these districts with the main roads in the vicinity such as Sheikh Zayed Road, Financial Center Road, and Al Safa Road. Moreover, the project neighbourhood is one of the busiest & most important areas across Sheikh Zayed Road due to its proximity to those vital spots; which have a huge tourist, economic and investment significance to the Emirate” continued Mattar Al Tayer.
“The new Interchange provides free traffic flow in both directions of Al Safa Road and Financial Center Road, and links Sheikh Zayed Road with the upper & lower deck of the Financial Center Road. The Project also comprises construction of a tunnel linking the road passing at the backside of Mazaya Center, besides renovation of Al Safa Road and improvement of the interchanges along the road up to the link with Al Wasl Road.
“The completion of the First Interchange of Sheikh Zayed Road Project, marks the completion by the RTA of the sixth and final phase of Ras Al Khor Road hub Contract; which stretches from the Airport Tunnel to the north extension of Beirut Road and terminates southward at the First Interchange of Sheikh Zayed Road in a sector extending 14 km.
“These projects come in the context of RTA strategy to keep pace with the urban development and address the current & future requirements of growth and demographic expansion for an advanced road network and transportation system. They also come in line with the transition witnessed by Dubai as a cosmopolitan reputable city, a global destination for tourists, visitors and businessmen from all corners of the world, and a regional & international center for conventions, seminars and expos; thus it becomes imperative to continue with the development drive to maintain the high profile enjoyed by the city.
“RTA will continue the renovation & widening of several key and arterial roads in the Emirate under a strategy that seeks to provide advanced & integrated transportation services to residents along with comprehensive practical solutions that ensure smooth traffic flow and contribute to the realization of RTA vision of providing Safe & Smooth Transport for All” in the Emirate of Dubai.