RTA to open Al Houdh flyover in September

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Dubai: The flyover across Al Houdh Roundabout or Dock Roundabout will be opened in September, according to the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

The project is set for full completion in the second quarter of 2013.

Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the Board and Executive Director of RTA, said the project forms a key part of two important projects underway costing about Dh1.515 billion.

The projects include the widening and upgrading of Emirates Road, stretching from the Arabian Ranches Interchange to Al Houdh Roundabout; and the improvement for Al Khail-Emirates Roads, Al Tayer said.

“RTA is keen on completing all the pending jobs in the two vital projects and the opening of the completed parts of the project will serve the intensive traffic movement, particularly trucks coming from Jebel Ali heading towards Dubai or Abu Dhabi. It will also increase the traffic intake of the existing roads, ease the traffic pressure on Al Houdh Roundabout, and slash the waiting time of the light signal at Al Houdh Roundabout by almost 50 per cent,” said Al Tayer.

“By the end of next September, the flyover passing across Al Houdh Roundabout on Emirates Road will be opened to serve the traffic flow inbound from Jebel Ali Port. The bridge comprises five lanes; three are linked to Al Yalayes Road coming from Jebel Ali and heading towards Emirates Road in the direction of Dubai, and two-lane connectors to serve the traffic in the direction of Abu Dhabi and Dubai Bypass Road with a total length of about 2.5 kilometres,” he explained.

It also comprises the widening of Emirates Road from 3 to 6 lanes in the direction from Al Houdh Roundabout to the Arabian Ranches Interchange in a sector extending about 10 kilometres.