Improving Important Traffic Hub in Dubai

Roads & Transport authority (RTA) Dubai, UAE
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road is a major freight route and one of the main spines used by thousands of commuters in Dubai daily. CDM Smith designed and supervised the construction of this 12-lane divided highway with approximate length of 33 km.

CDM Smith was com­mis­sioned by Dubai’s Roads and Trans­port Au­thor­ity to design and su­per­vise the major widening of Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Road, Stage 2, which is located in the eastern part of Dubai met­ro­pol­i­tan area and running in the north-south di­rec­tion. The project, which was split into several phases, started at the Arabian Ranches In­ter­change to the north up to the be­gin­ning of Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashid Road at the border to Abu Dhabi in the south.

The im­prove­ments involved the widening of the existing highway along an ap­prox­i­mate length of 33 km. The widening took place on the median side and com­prised the con­struc­tion of three ad­di­tional lanes in each di­rec­tion to even­tu­ally form a 12-lane divided highway with inner and outer shoul­ders, sep­a­rated by a double-faced concrete barrier. The project scope also included the de­vel­op­ment of the ex­ten­sion of the Academic City Road that runs parallel to Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road for an ap­prox­i­mate length of 24 km. The total project length was divided into dif­fer­ent con­tracts.

lanes of divided highway
total value of works constructed
approximate length of improve­ments

The works also included the provision of street lighting services to the proposed roadway facilities, crossing ducts for different utilities, and the relocation and/or protection of existing services affected by the proposed highway scheme based on coordination and approval of the respective utility authorities. CDM Smith's services included preliminary study, preliminary and final design, and construction supervision.

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