By Ashfaq Ahmed, Chief Reporter www.gulfnews.com
Major construction on the Dh6.25 billion Parallel Roads Project is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
The project aims to ease traffic congestion on Shaikh Zayed Road and provide an alternative road corridor. It consists of three lanes in each direction, a number of flyovers and some interchanges, all of which will make it easier to travel between commercial and residential areas without using highways such as the Shaikh Zayed Road and the Al Khail Road.
The parallel roads are expected to cover 64 kilometres, stretching between Shaikh Rashid Road (near Zabeel Park) and the outskirts of Abu Dhabi. One runs between Shaikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road and is expected to provide an easy link between various commercial and residential developments in these areas.
The total capacity of these two roads is expected to be 18,000 vehicles per hour.
They are also arterial roads such as Jumeirah Road or Al Wasl Road.
Different sections of the project have already been opened while work is progressing on the remaining phases.
The project cross the city from Shaikh Rashid Road near Zabeel Park and the Dubai World Trade Centre in the north to the Abu Dhabi border in the South.
They pass through localities such as Zabeel, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai Mall, Business Bay, Al Quoz industrial and residential areas, Al Barsha, Emirates Hills, Springs, Jumeirah Islands, Jumeriah Lakes Towers, Ibn Battuta Mall, Jebel Ali Free Zone and Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Technology Park.
Two out of the five phases of the project including the phase between Al Al Qouz and AL Barsha have already been completed.
These roads will ease traffic flow on Shaikh Zayed Road and connect various residential and commercial areas between the two highways.