Dh450m Parallel Roads project

Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), inspecting the project. (Supplied)

Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), announced the completion of 75 per cent of construction works in Phase III of the Parallel Roads Project at Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT), and expected all construction works in the project, which bears a price tag of Dh450 million, to be completed by the end of this year.

Al Tayer made this statement during a site tour of the project, accompanied by Nabeel Mohammed Salih, Acting CEO of Traffic & Roads Agency, and a host of directors and engineers of the Agency as well as the contractor of the Project.

Al Tayer was briefed by the concerned officials about the work progress in Phase III of the Parallel Roads Project, which is considered one of the key construction phases of the Parallel Roads project, which forms an extension of the Western Parallel Road stretching within JLT district linking the sprawling property developments of Emaar and Nakheel with Sheikh Zayed Road and Mohammed bin Zayed Road.

Al Tayer inspected the components of the project which is constructed by the Italian Todini company and comprises the construction of seven main bridges providing a free traffic movement from and to JLT, and the improvement of key roads network in the neighbourhood to accommodate the traffic movement in the area and link it with the main roads in the neighbourhood.

The project also encompasses the construction of a road linking Sheikh Zayed Road with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, besides undertaking construction-related activities such as utilities, pavements, signage, ground markings, lighting, traffic diversions during construction and protecting the existing utility lines.

“The Parallel Roads Project ranks amongst the biggest projects currently undertaken by the RTA and is capable of improving and streamlining the traffic flow in the eastern traffic corridor parallel to the Sheikh Zayed Road, serving the traffic inbound from Sheikh Zayed Road heading towards the Business Bay district, and linking Al Khail Road with the internal roads of the Business Bay district,” said Al Tayer. 

Jafza connections

He added: “The RTA has accomplished various phases of the project, the last of which was the opening of vital sectors of the improvement of the Parallel Roads Project at Jafza South, extending from the northern part of the road leading to Al Houdh R/A up to the 10th Interchange on the Sheikh Zayed Road.

The Project comprises the improvement of the Eastern & Western Parallel Roads in both directions within Jebel Ali Industrial Area, and Jafza South, through constructing six bridges and four footbridges to ease the pressure on Sheikh Zayed Rd, and the Industrial Area.

It will also establish a link between the investment and economic zones of the Dubai World’s projects, connecting them with the surrounding roads, besides linking Jebel Ali Port with Al Maktoum International Airport, and providing a road leading to the Expo Road of Jafza.

Last May, the RTA opened the service road leading to the Expo Road, and last December it opened a lane linking Al Maktoum Airport with Jafza South.

Twelve light signals have been established in the Parallel Roads Project in the Business Bay area; linking Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Khail Road and the Business Bay district, and offering a smooth traffic flow in Emaar, Business Bay districts through the Eastern and Western Parallel Roads.

Earlier phases

On September 2011 the RTA opened Phase III of the Parallel Roads Project serving mega 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 as well as 6 bridges and 3 underpasses crossing the eastern and western roads.

The RTA had earlier opened Phase I of the Parallel Roads Project including the construction of roads at Al Barsha, and Al Qouz Industrial & Residential Areas extending from Hessa Road to the south up to Meydan Road to the north in a sector extending 15 km in the Eastern Parallel Road and 18km in the Western Parallel Road, comprising three lanes in each direction.  

The roads intersect several arterial & express roads such as Umm Suqeim Road, Latifa bint Hamdan Road in addition to arterial & local roads, including 25 signalised junctions.