May 04 2008
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Dubai roads in Dh1.8bn tender award
Phase IV is the biggest phase of the Parallel Roads Project, which consists of nine contracts, four of which have been awarded and three are under construction.
The Parallel Roads Project is one of the biggest projects carried out by the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) . It covers108 kilometres, stretching from Sheikh Rashid Road to the north and terminating at the outskirts of of Abu Dhabi. It contains bridges and intersections between parallel and perpendicular roads in a sector extending 42km.
The project comprises two corridors to support Sheikh Zayed Road, where traffic jams have increased after a series of projects spanning its entire length sprang up. After the project is complete, the capacity of both roads is expected to rise to 18,000 vehicles per hour.
Sheikh Mohammed called for expediting construction according to the project's proposed schedule and to widen the road to four lanes in each direction. He also gave directions to step-up the construction of a number of vital projects with a view to easing traffic bottlenecks in Dubai.
Mattar Al Tayer, Executive Director of the RTA and Chairman of the Board, said: "Phase IV of Parallel Roads Project extends from Al Barsha up to Techno Park, involving construction of new roads with a total length of 31km. It consists of four lanes running in each direction, with more lanes added near intersections, when needed. The project comprises 23 flyovers with a total length of about eight kilometres to ensure seamless traffic at all interchanges.
"The project will help in cutting short the trip time for trucks, minimising truck density on main roads and providing better flow of traffic. Work is progressing according to schedule in other phases of the project. Construction in the first contract of the project is set to be completed in February 2009, covering Al Barsha and Al Qouz Industrial Area. This phase costs around Dh600 million."
Phase II of Parallel Roads Project, costing about Dh693m and centered in the Za'abeel area, comprises construction of elevated roads including 19 bridges. It extends 4.2km in length and 14.7m in width, and links with the terminal point of the Western Parallel Road, prior to Za'abeel Road 2. It extends in an elevated road alongside the boundary of Za'abeel Park to link with Sheikh Rashid Road near Al Qatta'iyat Road, thereby providing a direct link between Al Garhoud Bridge and the Western Parallel Road.
The remaining phases of the project are now in the initial design and tendering processes. The cost of the two contracts in Phase III (A and B) of the roads parallel to Sheikh Zayed Road reached Dh1.4bn and will be completed in two years. The contract under Phase III costing Dh4.5m will be completed in 600 days.
Al Tayer said: "The project links vast expanses of property complexes of Emaar and Nakheel towards the southern part of Sheikh Zayed Road between Interchanges 5 and 5.5. It comprises constructing a 10km road of six lanes, five bridges and two underpasses. This phase comprises six per cent of the total Parallel Roads Project.
"Phase III of the project, costing about Dh950m was awarded to Al Naboodah Contracting Co and will be constructed in 730 days. It passes through Emirates Hills, The Springs, Jumeirah Islands and Jumeirah Park.
"This phase includes construction of a 20km road, comprising 14 per cent of the Parallel Roads Project. It consists of three lanes in each direction and involves construction of 10 bridges," said Al Tayer.
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