Al Asayel road will be operational on Wednesday next week which will serve as an alternative course to access the Downtown Dubai area according to the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).
The Dh300 million five kilometer road project will have two tunnels and two bridges, and is said to link Oud Metha street with The Dubai Mall, going around 2nd Zabeel Road and Financial Centre street. This new road is included in the Parallel Roads network, which runs from Sheikh Rashid Road reaching to the borders of Abu Dhabi, traversing through the Business Bay area.
The two tunnels compose of three lanes in each direction. The first tunnel starts from the 2nd Zabeel Road extending at 850 meters, and the second tunnel stems from the Trade Centre Road and spreads at 600 meters. The two bridges were constructed with two lanes in each direction at Business Bay, extending 700 meters. The road gives free access to The Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa by taking Emaar Boulevard.
Lately, RTA opened several important components of the parallel roads network, particularly the seven bridges at the Jumeirah Lakes Towers that relieved the road congestion in the area. A tunnel was also constructed to link Sheikh Zayed Road with Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road.
Several roads were built in the first phase of the project at Al Barsha, and Al Quoz Industrial and Residential areas extending from Hessa Road up to Meydan Road reaching 15 kilometers on the Eastern Parallel Road and 18 kilometers on the Western Parallel Road, comprising three lanes in each direction. In the second phase, several roads were built along Jumeirah Park, Emirates Hills, Jebel Ali Racecourse, Springs, Meadows, and Jumeirah Islands. The 20 kilometer project accounts to 14 per cent of the total Parallel Roads Project, having three to four lanes in each direction in addition to the six bridges and three underpasses passing the eastern and western roads.
The RTA is planning to link Al Asayel Road with Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed junction through a bridge across Oud Metha to link Bur Dubai with the Lagoons, Al Warqa’a, and International City in the future.