Road plans approved

02 May 2006
Plans are being prepared for two major road projects in Abu Dhabi emirate. The Executive Council has approved plans for the upgrade of the Mafraq-Ghuweifat road leading to the border with Saudi Arabia, and the Municipalities & Agriculture Department is planning a new interchange on Abu Dhabi island for Reem island.

The estimated AED 2,200 million ($600 million) Mafraq-Ghuweifat road scheme will involve the widening of the highway and the construction of new intersections serving neighbouring communities. Consultants have submitted bids for the first three stages of the scheme. A fourth stage is also planned. The project is expected to encourage development in Abu Dhabi's western region.

The Reem island interchange will be built at the intersection of Al-Salam and Sheikh Hezza bin Zayed streets. The four-level interchange will involve the construction of a bridge and a tunnel. It will connect with the 600-metre long, eight-lane bridge that will link Reem island to the northeastern shores of the capital. De Leuw Cather International, part of US-based Parsons International, is the consultant. Turkey's Nurol Group is working on the bridge (MEED 11:2:05).

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