The 2nd phase of the Parallel Roads Improvement Project starts on June 8, 2018 with action.
Traffic gridlock in Dubai is no strange news. It has very much become a part of the residents’ day to day lifestyle. The roads in Dubai at most times are wedged solid with the traffic gridlock. We have all experienced it at some point. But on the positive side, this morning came with a good news for Business Bay Commuters as Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority, RTA, made an announcement on the opening of Phase 2 of the Parallel Roads Improvement Project to start with full swing from June 8, 2018 onwards. This project has been undertaken as part of RTA’s strategic plan to ease long traffic hold-ups on the Sheikh Zayed Road.
Phase 2 of the Parallel Roads Improvement Project aims to bring improvements to the western part of the parallel roads in the sector between Al Meydan and Financial Streets across the Business Bay area. RTA aims to widen up the street from three to four lanes in each direction and build service roads in both directions.
The second phase of the project was announced upon viewing the tremendous improvement brought about by the 1st phase of the Parallel Roads Project at Goldphin District around November 2017. The Phase 1 of this project had aimed to improve the existing intersections between Al Meydan and Al Khail Streets. Several steps such as constructions of two lane bridges and entry/exit points etc were taken to ease up the situation and it actually turned out be a success.
“Phase 2 covers the construction of a 240-metre flyover on the intersection of Al Sa’ada and Burj Khalifa Boulevard streets, a 535-metre underpass at the intersection of Al Sa’ada and the Business Bay streets, and a 500-metre bridge along the extension of Al Sa’ada Street crossing over the Dubai Water Canal. It also included the construction of a 420-metre bridge at the intersection of Al Meydan and First Al Khail streets, a 420-metre tunnel for left turns from Al Sa’ada Street to Meydan Street, and a 340-metre underpass for horses crossing at the Dubai Stables. The project will ensure a smooth flow of traffic on Al Sa’ada Street, especially in the sector between the Financial Centre and Al Meydan streets, and across Business Bay up to Al Quoz. The two phases of the Parallel Roads Project aims to ease the traffic density by 15 percent on Sheikh Zayed Road between the 1st and 2nd interchanges by providing additional entry/exit points to the Business Bay and Burj Khalifa districts. These works will increase the capacity to 20,000 vehicles per hour in both directions and step up the capacity of Meydan Street.”. explained Al Tayer.