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Sheikh Khalifa Interchange

The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi has announced the commencement of the Sheikh Khalifa interchange project by the end of the year 2010. The Sheikh Khalifa interchange project is considered to be of high importance as it intersects with the Abu Dhabi-Dubai main road, which is the main route linking the two Emirates together. Field surveys were conducted and the results showed that a new intersection in the Al Samha area was needed to serve and accommodate the flow of trucks heading to and from the new Sheikh Khalifa port in Al Tawila. Currently, the traffic amounts to about five hundred trucks a day with the expectation of an increase during the coming period as a result of the construction and economic developments in Abu Dhabi.

The Abu Dhabi – Dubai main road will also be expanded as part of this project, from four to six lanes for a distance of 4.5 km in both directions and a main bridge at a high of 6.5 meters will be constructed, consisting of five lanes in each direction. Furthermore, a new bridge on the Al Gharf Street consisting of two lanes in each direction will also be constructed to service the neighbouring Ghanada area. The DoT also aims to protect and relay service lines conflicting with construction work to the new project lines.

Eng. Faisal Ahmed Al Suwaidi, General Director of Main Roads in the Department of Transport said: “The Emirate of Abu Dhabi is witnessing major developments in all areas. The Sheikh Khalifa interchange project, in particular, reflects the vision of the Department of Transport to develop the transport infrastructure in Abu Dhabi to meet the highest international standards. "

“The Sheikh Khalifa interchange project has been awarded to Larsen & Toubro Limited Company for the total amount of 592 million dirhams after a tendering process where a number of local and international companies. The best offer was chosen after extensive technical and financial reviews were conducted to confirm that the required specifications were met. The actual work on the project will begin before the end of this year.”

“The DoT will oversee the work on the project to ensure that it is up to par with international standards and within the determined time frame for completion, which is estimated to be 24 months from the commencement of work,” he added.

In its endeavour to minimize disruptions to the traffic flow on the Abu Dhabi-Dubai main road, the DoT will develop alternative detours and routes to ensure smooth flow of traffic on this busy road, accommodating around 4500 vehicles an hour.