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New Abu Dhabi - Dubai Main Road

The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced its invitation to local and international contractors to bid for the construction of the new Abu Dhabi- Dubai main road (E311).

The Department of Transport through this project aims to alleviate traffic congestion on the current main road connecting Abu Dhabi to Dubai (E11), and provide a new strategic link between the two most populated emirates in the country, as well as create new entrances to the city of Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi International Airport, and Yas and Saadiyat Islands. 

The new Abu Dhabi – Dubai main road (E311) is one of the biggest infrastructure projects that the Department of Transport is working on as part of its Surface Transport Master Plan (STMP). 

The new Abu Dhabi – Dubai main road will serve the Khalifa Port Area and the South Shamkha, Wathba and Baniyas residential areas and labour camps, and will accommodate light vehicles as well as trucks. The new main road will also cater for the new Khalifa Industrial Zone (KIZAD) (A) and (B) in Abu Dhabi at Taweelah as the road is being designed to accommodate up to 7,000 vehiclesper hour. In addition, the new main road will also facilitate connectivity to Al Ain as its link up with E22 (Abu Dhabi – Al Ain main road) and the rest of the main roads network in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

The new main road (E311) will consist of 62 Kilometres of dual carriageway starting at the end of Emirates Road in Seih Shuoaib through Al Maha Forest and Khalifa Port Industrial Zone (B) and will join up at the Sweihan Road (E20) interchange.

The construction of the new main road will be executed through two tenders. The first tender is to construct 34 Kilometres with three interchanges; the second tender will focus on the construction of 28 Kilometres and will also include three new interchanges and the modification of one existing interchange. 

In addition, the construction of the main road will include a number of protective structures for service lines, especially for gas pipelines which intersect with the route of the new main road. 

It is expected that execution of each contract will take 30 months to be completed, from the date of the beginning of construction to the completion of the entire project by the end of 2014. 

Executing the project through two parallel contracts will ensure competitive pricing, reduce project risks and will expedite the completion and delivery of the project through the simultaneous construction work by two contractors. 

The new Abu Dhabi – Dubai main road is the result of detailed studies and surveys on daily traffic volumes between Abu Dhabi – Dubai. It will serve numerous local commuters along the way and provide an alternative main road to the current Abu Dhabi and Dubai main road (E11).

Eight hundred 30-meters-high light columns at 300 meters intervals will light the new main road. It will provide ample lighting at night and will follow best sustainable standards which aims to reduce energy consumption, be environmentally friendly and reduce operational cost. Sustainability efforts will be achieved by reducing power demand in the off peak periods.

For optimal road safety, the new Abu Dhabi – Dubai main road will feature six laybys, three in each direction of the main road at 20 Kilometer intervals. E311 main road shoulders will be three meters wide, each designed for emergency use. The 20 meter wide median is designed for a staged upgrade and future expansion through the addition of two lanes in each direction, if needed.

The laybys are designed for emergency use by light vehicles and heavy trucks and also serve as a patrol point for police, ambulance, and emergency vehicles. In addition, the main road will come with five U-turn facilities especially designed for emergency by official vehicles only.

Adding to road safety features, the new main road will come with a rainwater drainage system and a fence on both sides of the main road to protect from crossing herds. 

The median will be equipped with a guard rail in each direction to prevent median crossings and contain vehicles to the carriageway. These barriers will also protect streetlighting and other infrastructure in the median.