Dubai: Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has awarded a contract to improve and widen Saih Al Dahal Road, connecting Saih Al Salam Road and the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The existing single-carriageway road will be dismantled and replaced with a dual carriageway extending 11km and comprising two lanes in each direction along with a median. The road will have three roundabouts to ease the flow of traffic in all directions and connect with the entries of Al Qudra Lakes.
“The project will increase the street intake from the existing 1,800 vehicles to 4,000 vehicles in each direction to accommodate the continued growth in traffic volumes. Thus, it will ease the mobility of residents and visitors to the existing oases on both sides of the street, the desert areas and Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park,” Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA, said.
Complementing other infrastructure development work in the area
“The project starts from the roundabout at the junction of Saih Al Dahal Road and Saih Al Salam Road in the north, immediately after Al Qudra Cycling Station, and heads in the direction of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in the south. The project encompasses the construction of a new road of two lanes in each direction, together with three roundabouts along the street to ease the accessibility of road users to the existing oases on both sides of the street, Al Qudra Lakes, desert areas as well as the U-turns,” explained Mattar Al Tayer.
The project complements RTA’s development projects in the area, such as the 23km -long Dubai Cycling Track, the existing cycling track at Saih Al Salam, running alongside Al Qudra Street at the Gateway of the Dubai Cycling Track, in the direction of the Emirates Road. From there, it links with the Latifa bint Hamdan Street, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, Al Barari district and from there up to Nad Al Sheba community.
Easing traffic flow
RTA has accomplished a portfolio of development projects in the area, including widening of Saih Al Salam Street over a 21km stretch, starting from Al Qudra roundabout, near the cycling rest area, up to the intersection with Dubai-Al Ain Road via Al Lisaili and Al Marmoom. Nine roundabouts were constructed at junctions to ease the traffic flow and step up traffic safety. Projects also included the construction of four camel and horse crossings, cycling track, service roads, parking spaces and widening the existing parking lots at the Dubai International Endurance Village. The project also included street lights and a rainwater drainage network.