New Abu Dhabi-Dubai road a boon: Drivers


By Matovu Abdallah Twaha

ABU DHABI: A number of truck drivers have expressed happiness over the proposed new Abu Dhabi-Dubai motorway (E311) that is expected to be completed in two-and-a-half years.

“We shall be saved from taking longer routes through Musaffa,” said Mohammed Zaman, hailing the project as a “well-thought step by the government.”

The Dh2bn 62-km project is to be carried out by the Abu Dhabi’s Department of Transport (DoT).

Once finished, the road will create new points of entry to Abu Dhabi, the Islands of Yas and Saadiyat as well as Abu Dhabi International Airport.

The road will have 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.

“Passing through Musaffa takes a lot of time than through the proposed routes,” agreed another truck driver, Nasur Gavana.

Based on the projection that the population of Abu Dhabi was forecast to increase substantially and that better transport was essential in order to secure long-term investment, the DoT commissioned the Surface Transport Master Plan (STMP) in 2008.

The STMP aimed at developing the conceptual transportation strategy outlined in Plan 2030 into a detailed Master Plan and implementation programme for the city of Abu Dhabi and the rest of the Emirates. The Plan was finalised and released in April 2009.

The new motorway, whose bids have been invited this week, is part of the STMP.

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 herds.