The chairman of Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that 65% of construction work on the Al Qudra-Lehbab Roads Intersection Project has been completed, marking a crucial milestone in the development of the key infrastructure project.
According to a statement released by the RTA, the project looks to upgrade the junction from intersecting roads into a flyover that will enable free traffic in all directions. Mattar Al Tayer, director general and chairman of the Board of Executive Directors at the RTA added that Lehbab Road is a key traffic corridor that will offer an alternative link to Expo Road, JAFZA and Abu Dhabi-bound traffic and vice-versa, without drivers having to go through downtown areas.
“Completion rate reached 70% in bridges and 90% in the cycling bridge. The entire project is set for full completion by the end of this year,” Al Tayer revealed. “The Project includes the construction of two bridges on the collector road as well as ramps to serve right, left and U-turns.
“The project works also cover widening connecting streets, and a cycling bridge in addition to lighting works, rainwater drainage systems, and utility lines. The widening of Al Qudra Road has provided a key passageway starting from Jumeirah to Umm Suqeim Street, which had also been improved by the construction of two bridges of three lanes in each direction.
“The first bridge passes over the Eastern Parallel Road (Al Asayel Street), and the second crosses over the Western Parallel Road (First Al Khail Road), enabling smooth traffic on the flyover of Al Khail Road and at the Interchange of the Arabian Ranches on the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road. It has eased the traffic to Al Qudra Road and further to Al Qudra Bridge crossing over Emirates Road up to Seih Assalam,” he added.
Al Tayer explained that the RTA has undertaken the improvements of Al Qudra Road over several phases, starting with the widening of the road from one to three lanes in each direction over a 12km stretch from the Lehbab intersection to Bab Al Shams roundabout.
Other road improvements covered the widening of two bridges to three lanes in each direction and the construction of crossings for vehicles and camels. Also included in the works was an 18km cycling track fitted with a rest area, which comprised of facilities and shops for bike rental and accessories, a fully equipped clinic, cycling gate, rest and shade areas, and bike racks.
“RTA has accomplished 10 projects under the Improvement of Lehbab and Expo Roads over a 55 km-long sector extending from Lehbab Police Station up to Sheikh Zayed Road. Improvement works included widening the road from two to four lanes in each direction and constructing a flyover at the 8th Interchange of the Sheikh Zayed Road comprising 24 bridges,” concluded Al Tayer.