Abu Dhabi General Services Company (Musanada) has commenced construction on Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Road (Eastern Mangroves Road) traffic improvement project.

The project is expected to cost AED97m ($26.41m), according to Musanada, which is currently transferring intervening utility lines and widening the road.

The project will include construction of a lane to widen the Sheikh Zayed road from Dhafeer Street to Salama Bint Butti Street. It will increase the number of lanes from four to five.

Once completed, the road is expected to ease traffic congestion, as the road is a vital link between Abu Dhabi Island and the mainland.

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Musanada will complete road widening works without affecting traffic movement, with the existing lanes remaining open.

“DoT said that the project on Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Road is designed to not only ensure smooth flow of traffic, but also decrease congestion and improve traffic safety on the road.”

Construction follows completion of basic works and preparations for the project and the company is now transferring intervening utility lines.

To complete the project, Musanada has partnered with a number of entities, including the Department of Transport, Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities, Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarter, and Abu Dhabi Distribution Company, Monitoring and Control Centre.

The company has deployed nearly 600 workers, who will be working to complete the project within 165 days under the terms of the contract.

The Department of Transport (DoT) said that the project forms part of its vision to set up integrated and sustainable transport to improve the quality of life in Abu Dhabi.

DoT said that the project on Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Road is designed to not only ensure smooth flow of traffic, but also decrease congestion and improve traffic safety on the road.