The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) of Dubai has completed almost 50% of the AED719.37m ($195.8m) Trade Center Bridges project at Zaabeel and has set November 2013 for the project opening.
RTA chairman and executive director Mattar Al Tayer said: "The Trade Center Bridges Project, which costs about 719.37 million dirham, is by far the largest phase of the Parallel Roads Project, which is one of the mega road projects undertaken by the RTA that aims at linking the Western Parallel Road with the Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Road at Lamcy Plaza complex in a 312 meters-long road passing by the World Trade Center."
The project involves construction of 22 precast concrete bridges, stretching 4,236m in length and 15m wide, as well as the building of a concrete bridge, which measures 120m in length, to assist the traffic heading towards the Al Maktoum Bridge.
The project work also includes signalised junctions at the intersection of the Trade Center and building infrastructure and lighting works.
RTA has already completed the important phases of the Parallel Roads Project, such as the opening of the initial phase with three lane roads in each direction and many intersecting arterial and express roads.
The authority, under Phase III, has also completed the construction of roads with three and four lanes in each direction and built a bridge, seven light signals and a storm water drainage network.
Phase III (A) of the Parallel Roads Project work is underway and involves building a 10km-long road with three lanes in each direction.
The construction work on Phase IV includes a 22km road with four lanes in each direction in the east and west.