By Staff www.emirates247.com
The project extends from Sharjah to Abu Dhabi outskirts and provides an alternative to Emirates and Sheikh Zayed roads.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has opened Phase 4 of the Dubai Bypass Road linking up with Al Faya Road, Seih Shuaib, Abu Dhabi, better known as ‘Trucks Road’.
This phase, which also serves Al Maktoum International Airport, comprises a sector of six lanes in each direction stretching 25km from the interchange of Dubai Bypass Road-Jebel Ali Lihbab Road up to Al Faya Road, Abu Dhabi.
The sector has three camel crossings, also used as turn points and all service utility works have been completed along with the lighting poles.
Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman and Executive Director of the RTA, said: “By opening Phase 4, RTA has completed all phases of the Dubai Bypass Road, starting from the environs of Sharjah emirate at Al Sajaa Interchange and terminating at the exit point from Dubai emirate to Abu Dhabi emirate, in a 70km-long sector constructed at a cost in excess of Dh1 billion.
“The Dubai Bypass Road is a key traffic corridor in the structural roads network plan undertaken by the RTA and offers an alternative motorway to Emirates Road and Sheikh Zayed Road. It provides an external corridor for motorists inbound from Northern Emirates and outbound to Abu Dhabi emirate and vice versa without having to go through downtown area. By opening Phase 4, RTA has completed the opening of all phases of the road that comprises six lanes in each direction.”
In view of the enormity of the project and as RTA was keen on accelerating its delivery, it had been divided into four phases. Phase I started from Al Rawiyya roundabout on the Dubai-Al Ain Road to Jebel Ali-Al Hebab Road, with a total length of 24km. It also included the construction of an express way of six lanes in each direction at a cost of Dh363 million.
Phase II started from the outskirts of the Dubai and Sharjah emirates at Al Sajaa Interchange to Al Rawiya Interchange on the Dubai-Al Ain Road in a sector extending 23km costing Dh295m. This phase included the widening of the existing road from two to six lanes in each direction and fitting it with internal and external shoulders separated by the existing median.
It also included transforming the roundabout of the intersecting Al Khawaneej Road into an interchange allowing free movements in all directions as well as the construction of rainwater drainage system, utility lines conduits and camel crossing as well as improving the existing road elements such as the median, metal rail, safety fence and lighting works.
Phase III included the construction of Al Qudrah Bridge on the Dubai Bypass Road, which comprises three lanes in each direction, in a sector stretching from Umm Suqeim Road in the direction of Al Qudrah (Endurance) area and Bab Al Shams and vice versa, costing Dh96m.
Al Qudrah Bridge is considered one of the key phases of the six lanes Dubai Bypass Road, a key corridor of Al Qudrah Road and a continuation of the Umm Suqeim Road passing through the Arabian Ranches Interchange across the Emirates Road. Al Qudrah Bridge provides the users of the Dubai Bypass Road and Al Qudrah Road free movement in all directions.
Motorists inbound from Umm Suqeim and outbound to Sharjah emirate, and those coming from Al Qudrah area heading towards Abu Dhabi emirate, can use the surrounding tunnels underneath the Dubai Bypass Road, which have been opened earlier to enable turning on the Dubai Bypass Road.
The final Phase 4 of the Dubai Bypass Road, which was constructed at a cost of Dh289m, comprised the construction of a dual expressway of six lanes in each direction extending from Jebel Ali-Lihbab Road to the outreaches of Abu Dhabi emirate in a sector extending 25km and linking up with Al Maktoum International Airport and Dubai Industrial City to accommodate the projected traffic movements in this road.
It also included the construction of three camel crossings that can also be used as turning points in addition to rainwater drainage canals, utility lines conduits, metal rails, safety fence and lighting works.
Al Tayer said: “RTA will continue upgrading several key and arterial projects in the Dubai emirate as part of an integrated road-widening plan under a strategy aiming to provide advanced services to residents as well as practical and all-inclusive solutions that ensure seamless traffic flow and realisation of RTA vision of providing safe and smooth transport for all in the emirate.