Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board & Executive Director of the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), announced that work has gathered pace in the Trade Centre Bridges Project at Zaabeel where completion rate had almost reached 50 per cent; which is now set for completion in November 2013.
The project comprises the construction of 22 precast concrete bridges extending 4236 meters in length and 15 meters in width, in addition to another 120 meters-long concrete bridge added to serve traffic outbound to Al Maktoum Bridge.
"The Trade Centre Bridges Project, which costs about Dh719.37 million, is by far the largest phase of the Parallel Roads Project which is one of the mega road projects undertaken by the RTA that aims at linking the Western Parallel Road with the Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Road at Lamcy Plaza complex in a 312 meters-long road passing by the World Trade Centre.
“The project also serves the traffic in the opposite direction of Street 312 passing along the Trade Centre towards Al Maktoum and Al Garhoud Bridges as well as the Dubai–Al Ain Road.
“It also serves trucks moving from Rashid Port heading towards the Dubai–Al Ain Road, and includes signalised junctions at the intersection of the Trade Centre in addition to infrastructure and lighting works.
"The RTA has already accomplished key phases of the Parallel Roads Project including the opening of the initial phase which included the construction of roads at Al Barsha, and Al Qouz Industrial & Residential Areas spanning Hissa Road in the south and Meydan Road in the north extending 15 km in the Eastern Parallel Road and 18 km in the Western Parallel Road.
“The roads comprise three lanes in each direction and several intersecting arterial and express roads such as Umm Suqeim Road, Latifa bint Hamdan Road and others, including 25 signalized junctions.
“The RTA has also opened roads under Phase III (B); which pass across sprawling urban developments in areas such as Jebel Ali Racecourse, Emirates Hills, Springs, Meadows, Jumeirah Islands and Jumeirah Park.
“The road, which extends about 20 km, constitutes 14% of the total Parallel Roads Project, and comprises three to four lanes in each direction. The RTA has also opened several key roads in the Business Bay area between Sheikh Zayed Road to the north, Meydan Road to the west, Financial Centre Road to the east and Al Khail Road to the south.
“The project comprises the construction of roads extending 16 km, a 600 meter-long bridge, 7 light signals and storm water drainage network.
"Works have also been completed in linking Al Khail Road with the local roads of the Business Bay in order to ease traffic flow in the area.
“The RTA has completed the improvement of the internal roads in the area between the Sheikh Zayed Road and the Western Parallel Road; which has eased the traffic of those living in the towers along Sheikh Zayed Road.
“These roads have been linked with Sheikh Zayed Road to serve the traffic movement of motorists passing through Sheikh Zayed Road and heading towards the Business Bay.
"Work is up and running in the completion of road works under Phase III (A) of the Parallel Roads Project in the area between Jumeirah Lakes Towers; which link property developments of Emaar and Nakheel companies in the area to the south of Sheikh Zayed Road between Interchanges 5 and 5.5.
“The Project includes the construction of a 10 km-long road of 3 lanes in each direction. Work is also progressing in Phase IV of the Project which serves Jebel Ali Free Zone, Al Maktoum Airport and the Industrial Area. This Phase also comprises the construction of roads extending 22 km with 4 lanes in each direction in the Eastern and Western Parallel Roads,” said Al Tayer in a concluding remark.