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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 September 2018

RTA awards Dh1.36 billion worth of road improvements for Expo 2020 

First two phases to begin immediately 

Expo 2020 village site under construction in Dubai. Reem Mohammed / The National
Expo 2020 village site under construction in Dubai. Reem Mohammed / The National

Construction of new bridges, flyovers and road improvements worth Dh1.36 billion are planned as part of the first two phases of the Expo 2020 Roads Improvement Project.

Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said construction will begin immediately at the intersection of Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road (E77) and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road (E311) as part of the six-phase project.

Phase one includes building a flyover at the intersection of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Jebel Ali–Lehbab Road. Jebel Ali–Lehbab Road will be upgraded through the construction of two bridges of six lanes in each direction along with turns and direct ramps to ensure a smooth flow of traffic from Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road to and from Abu Dhabi.

Phase one also includes road works extending 27 km on Jebel Ali–Lehbab Road involving the widening of the road from four to six lanes in each direction as well as constructing service roads in both directions and four bridges in some parts of the road to improve traffic from and to Jebel Ali–Lehbab Road in the direction of Dubai Expo 2020.

Phase two includes the construction of two flyovers on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road to ensure free entry and exit to the site of Expo in addition to roadworks extending 16 km. The first intersection (Expo Junction) encompasses the construction of two six-lane bridges to serve the traffic inbound from Dubai, Sharjah and other emirates heading to the parking yard of Expo. Two 2-lane bridges will serve the traffic from Abu Dhabi to Expo, as well as a two-lane bridge for traffic exiting Expo heading to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road in the direction of Abu Dhabi. The second intersection (Al Maktoum Airport Junction) encompasses the construction of a three-lane bridge to serve the traffic inbound from Dubai, Sharjah and other Emirates heading to Expo in addition to a two-lane bridge to serve vehicles exiting Expo heading to Abu Dhabi.

“The Improvement of Roads Network for Expo is one of the biggest road projects currently undertaken by RTA to meet the needs of hosting Expo 2020 in Dubai,” said Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors of the RTA. “RTA has charted out a comprehensive plan to meet the needs of hosting Expo 2020 in Dubai and ensure safe and smooth mobility for visitors of Expo and associated events.”

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