By Bindu Rai www.emirates247.com
The opening of the new Sheikh Zayed Road flyover and an announcement of a federal road that will link the emirate with Abu Dhabi and the northern emirates spells relief for the rush hour commuter.
Emirates 24|7 steers through the mega projects that will put the brakes on traffic in the upcoming years:
Dubai-Abu Dhabi-Northern Emirates link
Earlier this week, the UAE’s Ministry of Public Works announced it is studying laying a new federal road parallel to Emirates Road (former Bypass Road), which will connect the northern emirates to Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
The ministry is also planning to build a bridge on Emirates Road to ease traffic between Dubai and Sharjah, along with considering an expansion of E611 to seven lanes from three in Sharjah and six in Dubai.
The ministry said there would be five basic lanes out of seven of the proposed parallel road linking the northern emirates by Dubai and Abu Dhabi, besides the lateral lanes.
When: Not yet determined
Dubai-Abu Dhabi Link
Commuters between Dubai and Abu Dhabi will have reason to rejoice as more than 60 per cent of the construction has been completed on the new 62km highway that will extend the current Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road.
The road spanning from Seih Shuaib to Sweihan Interchange, was expected to complete by year-end 2015; no new date has been revealed but it is expected to be functional this year.
Faisal Ahmed Al Suwaidi, Director-General of Highways, said at the time: “The 62-kilometre four-lane highway will relieve traffic pressure on the current Abu Dhabi-Dubai E11, bring down the number of accidents and connect Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone with current and future road network east E11.
“The project, once fully complete, will be a further strategic road linking the Abu Dhabi with Dubai and Northern Emirates.”
The Dh2.1 billion project will be a four-lane highway, passing through Al Maha Forest, Kizad, Al Ajban Road and Zayed Military City to Sweihan Road.
The project includes six bridges and six underground passes, boosting safety by reducing the likelihood of crashes with local animals.
When: In 2016