By Ben Roberts www.constructionweekonline.com
The Municipality of Abu Dhabi City has concluded the construction of interchanges at the Al Mafraq Bridge by opening the path outbound from Abu Dhabi towards Dubai starting from the flyover.
Al Mafraq Bridge project, which cost around AED830 million, included the construction of a main bridge in the direction of Dubai – Al Ghuwaifat, two bridges; one in the direction of Abu Dhabi – Al Shahama and the other outbound from Al Ain westward, and four slip roads extending 18 km. It has 27 lanes and has a total hourly vehicle capacity of 24,000.
The main dual bridge across Dubai – Al Ghuwaifat Road, which extends 75 metres in length, comprises 8 lanes (4 in each direction) measuring 54 metres in width, 10 metres in height, and has 8 supporting pillars of a 25 metres span.
The 800-metre flyover from Abu Dhabi to Al Ain is a one-direction road comprising of two lanes only of 21 metres in height, 17 metre in width and has 18 supporting pillars of a 70 metre span.
Abdullah Al Shamsi, acting executive director of Municipal Infrastructure and Assets Sector, said: “The project comes in the context of the Municipality’s multiple contributions and pioneering projects to develop the city in keeping with the economic & social drive, improve the quality of services in the capital and renovate roads and infrastructure sector.”
The project aims to enhance access to and from the UAE capital, keep pace with demographic change and ease congestion, and is part of the overall infrastructure and social development of Abu Dhabi in line with its 2030 Economic Vision.
Surveys that identified the current and projected traffic flow over the next 25 years, including analysis of the traffic peak hours in the intersecting roads in the area, were conducted at the design phase.
The opening occurred in coordination with the General Directorate of Abu Dhabi Police.