The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai has awarded a contract to widen an 11km stretch of the Saih Al Dahal Road between the Saih Al Salam Road and the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

The project will involve replacing the existing single-carriageway road with a dual carriageway. This will include two lanes in each direction, as well as a median.

To ease traffic congestion, the road will feature three roundabouts and be linked to the entry points of Al Qudra Lakes.

RTA director-general and executive directors’ board chairman Mattar Al Tayer said: “The project will increase the street intake from an existing 1,800 vehicles to 4,000 vehicles in each direction to accommodate the continued growth in traffic volumes.

“It will ease the mobility of residents and visitors to the existing oases on both sides of the street, desert areas and Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

“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 complements the RTA’s other projects in the region, including a 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.

Last March, the RTA awarded a AED450m ($122.5m) contract to upgrade the Falcon Junction project.

The project involved building two bridges along Al Khaleej Street. The first bridge will stretch 750m northwards, while the second will run 1,075m southwards.

The bridges were intended to connect with the Shandagha Bridge (Infinity) Northwards to allow traffic to move across the Al Shandagha Corridor.