(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Two major projects that will ease traffic on the Sheikh Zayed Road will be opened on September 15, it was announced on Saturday. About 85 per cent of works on the 7th Interchange on the Sheikh Zayed Road (SZR) and Al Yalayes road improvement projects have been completed.
According to the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), the two projects will enhance the link between the SZR and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed and Emirates Roads.
Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA, said: "They will ease the traffic flow on the SZR by diverting the traffic inbound from Abu Dhabi on the road to Al Yalayes Road and on to the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed and Emirates Roads. They will also boost the business and the movement of goods from and to Jebel Ali Port."
The project will step up the capacity of Al Yalayes Road to almost 10,000 vehicles per hour in each direction. It will also cut short the transit time between the 7th Interchange on the SZR and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road to four minutes.
"The contractors of the two projects have completed 85 per cent of works on the main bridges on the 7th Interchange on the SZR and Phase I of flyovers of Al Asayel, First Al Khail and Al Yalayes Roads," explained Al Tayer.
7th Interchange Constructing the 7th Interchange of SZR project comprises of two phases. Phase I covers the improvement of traffic flow from and to SZR and Al Yalayes Road eastward. This phase will be opened on September 15. Phase II covers improvement of traffic flow from SZR to Dubal Street in both directions and will be opened in the last quarter of this year.
Works of the 7th Interchange on Al Yalayes road improvement project includes the construction of a bridge of four lanes branching out of Al Yalayes Road on to two bridges of two lanes each. The first one is bound to Abu Dhabi, and the other one leads to Dubal Street, JAFZA and Port. It also includes improving the right-side turn to make three lanes stretching out of the SZR to Al Yalayes Road in the East, and two lanes from Al Yalayes Road to the SZR in the direction of Dubai.
"It also includes the construction of two lanes in the direction of the SZR and on to Dubal Street, and two lanes from Dubal Street to SZR in the direction of Abu Dhabi. The project also includes improving the traffic signals at gates number 1 and 2 of the Jebel Ali Port, and the construction of another bridge of two lanes to serve the traffic inbound from Dubal Street in Jebel Free Zone and Port crossing over the SZR in the direction of Al Yalayes Road eastward," explained Al Tayer.
Al Yalayes and Al Asayel Roads As part of the various phases of the parallel roads project, Al Yalayes Road is being constructed over 6km, extending from the 7th Interchange of the SZR to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road at Al Houdh Interchange. The RTA will also develop Al Asayel Road extending 5km to link with JAFZA, Jumeirah Islands and Emirates Hills.
Phase I includes increasing the number of lanes of Al Yalayes Road from three to five in each direction from the SZR to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed and Emirates Roads.
In a subsequent stage, the number of lanes of Al Yalayes Road will be increased from three to five lanes in the direction from Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road to the SZR.
Phase II also includes completing the remaining lanes from and to the upper interchanges of First Al Khail and Al Asayel Roads along Al Yalayes Road with a capacity of seven lanes in each direction. It will ensure smooth traffic flow from and to Al Asayel and First Al Khail Roads.
The scope of work includes the construction of two elevated signalised junctions with a design that caters to the needs of the Etihad Rail path.