Emirates Road: Work commences on next phase

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New cloverleaf interchange on Emirates Road (E311) at Al Dhaid Road which now facilitates rapid bypass of central Sharjah. Photo - Brian J. McMorrow

The approval to move into the third phase of the project to develop Emirates Road, in the Maydan V industrial area has been obtained, under the initiatives of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

This final phase of the project will cost Dh327 million. The three phases of the highway ?began with the aim to solve the traffic congestion and reduce travel time ?along Emirates Road, especially in the Maydan V industrial area also known as the National Roundabout.

Phase three is located along the Emirates Road at the beginning of the current intersection between the emirates of Ajman and Sharjah. When completed, the Emirates Road will have undergone an expansion, whereby it will have 5 lanes and will cover an area of 10 kilometers. The project will also develop the five current intersections to become free intersections that will accommodate additional traffic.

Phase 1:

This phase of the entire project began in October 2010. Its total cost came up to Dh 64 million and it is expected to be competed this month. It will involve carrying out preliminary roadworks at Maleha area and Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Interchange.

Phase 2:

Work started in April and the total cost came up to Dh 468 million. It included the expansion of the Emirates Road to five lanes on each side along with the addition of new asphalt layers to consolidate the current layers. A new pedestrian bridge was also added on the Emirates Road between Al Dhaid and airport.

Basically, in this phase, the aim of the project was to upgrade the three interchanges of University City, Sharjah Ring Road and Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Road.

Phase 3:

There will be a Dh327 million upgrade at the National Paints roundabout?the state news agency WAM announced. The presidential committee approved the contract to complete this phase. The project is being conducted with hopes to solve the problem of accumulation of storm water in the area and its adverse environmental effects, such as back-ups and the flooding of pedestrian subways during winter.

The third phase will continue along the stretch of Emirates Road to the Sharjah-Dubai border. Transport authorities have urged motorists to be patient about the inconveniences caused by the road works. They ensure them that, by the first half of 2013, smooth traffic flow will be restored.

Sources: The National, Gulf News

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