The RTA announced thet they will open on of the bridges crossing over defence roundabout, linking Al Safa with the Financial district. Image Credit: FRANCOIS NEL/Gulf News

Dubai: Some of the key bridges on the long-awaited First Interchange on Shaikh Zayed Road will open on May 30 while the project will be fully completed by December this year, said a senior official.

Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), said onSaturday that some important bridges linking Al Safa Road to Financial Centre Road on the Interchange would open by the end of this month.

"By opening these bridges, the RTA is heading towards a completion rate as high as 80 per cent on one of the important road infrastructure projects in the emirate," he added.

Al Tayer said that First Interchange would be fully completed and opened to traffic by December this year.

The First Interchange on Shaikh Zayed Road, he said, ranks among the biggest interchanges in Dubai. It comprises of several bridges with total length of about three kilometres and a tunnel extending 850 metres. Total cost of the Project, which is constructed by the Italian Company Salini, is about Dh617 million.

"The Interchange will link three important areas in the vicinity including Burj Khalifa, Dubai Financial Centre Road and Al Safa area and provide easy access to and from Shaikh Zayed Road.

"It will serve one of the busiest commercial and business hub in the emirate," he noted.

The new Interchange will provide free traffic flow in both directions of Al Safa Road and Financial Centre Road, and links Shaikh Zayed Road with the upper and lower deck of the Financial Centre Road.

Al Tayer said that the RTA would continue renovation and widening of several important roads following its strategy to provide advanced and integrated transportation services to residents along with comprehensive practical solutions that ensure smooth traffic flow and contribute to RTA's vision of providing ‘Safe and Smooth Transport for All' in Dubai.