Full work on the Dh167 million project expected to be completed by end of February.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has opened its latest project improving roads in Umm Suqeim.
The first phase of the Dh167 million project, which includes the construction of two bridges, opened on Saturday, with the second phase to be opened on January 7.
The first phase widened Umm Suqeim Road in the direction from Al Khail Road to Shaikh Zayed Road, while the opposite side of the road will be opened in the second phase.
The full work should be completed by the end of February, the RTA said in a Press release.
Three footbridges have also been opened to ensure smooth and safe pedestrian crossing from Al Qouz to Al Barsha and vice versa crossing Umm Suqeim Road.
The project also comprises the construction of two bridges with three lanes in each direction; the first crossing the Eastern Parallel Road ‘Asayil Road’, and the second crosses the Western Parallel Road ‘Al Khail Road 1’.
The project also encompasses the construction of two traffic light junctions at the intersection of Asayil Road and Al Khail Road 1, which will enable smooth turns in all directions when opened.
RTA executive director Mattar Al Tayer said the completion of this vital project would provide free traffic movement for vehicles coming from the Shaikh Zayed Road, passing through Al Khail Road interchange, Arabian Ranches interchange and heading towards Al Qudra Road, Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road (in both directions to Abu Dhabi or Sharjah); and in the opposite direction from the Arabian Ranches interchange to Jumeirah through the interchanges of Al Khail Road and the Shaikh Zayed Road.
“The project involves the construction of a service road and car parks on both sides of the road to serve commercial outlets at Al Barsha and Al Qouz Industrial areas, besides addressing the safety levels by providing pavements, two signalised pedestrian crossings and other essential services such as lighting and rainwater drainage.”
Al Tayer praised the efforts of the work team and engineers of the Traffic and Roads Agency as well as the construction firms who worked tirelessly to deliver the project on the timeline set by RTA.
The project coincided with the completion of the Al Khail Road Improvement and Widening project earlier this year, which cost Dh1.9 billion.
By the end of August 2014, the RTA will open the sloping turns of bridges that serve the traffic from Dubai to Al Khail Road, and from Al Khail Road to Abu Dhabi along Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road.