Dubai opens $350m roads project leading to Expo 2020 venue


Dubai’s transport authority on Saturday opened phases 3 and 4, costing AED1.3 billion, of the roads network leading to the Expo 2020 venue.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said works completed included constructing intersections of Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street with both Expo and Al Yalayes Streets, building two flyovers on Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street at Dubai Investment Park, and widening Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street from two to five lanes in each direction.

In total, these two phases included the construction of bridges and roads extending 5km and 17km respectively, the RTA said in a statement.

The project has been undertaken in response to the directives of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to expedite the construction of roads and transport systems supporting the hosting of Expo 2020.

Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the RTA, said: “The improvement of roads leading to Expo is one of the biggest roads’ projects currently undertaken by RTA to meet the needs of hosting Expo 2020 in Dubai. Due to the immense nature of the project, it had been divided into six phases to ensure the delivery of all works on the prescribed timeline, well before the opening of Expo.”

Under phases 1 and 2 of the project, the total length of roads constructed amounted to 43km while phases 5 and 6 will see bridges constructed spanning 4km in length and roads will extend 11km in total.

The works are part of the RTA’s master plan for serving the needs of hosting Expo 2020 and ensuring safe and smooth mobility for visitors.

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