(MENAFN Press) In response to the growing demand for the transport infrastructure and as part of Abu Dhabi Surface Transport Master Plan (STMP), the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi has commenced work on Abu Dhabi - Al Shahama main road (E10) widening project, which will see the addition of a fifth lane in both directions to the already existing four-lane road.
The AED 85 million 16-kilometre long project is expected to complete by the fourth quarter of next year, 2014. The road begins from Sas Al Nakhl to the border of Abu Dhabi International Airport Interchange (9 kilometres) and then from Yas Island Interchange to Al Shahama (7 kilometres). The main road will be widened with a fifth lane in each direction by norrowing the median approximately 3.5 metres in each way. The median will be implanted once the project is complete.
According to the DoT, Abu Dhabi-Al Shahama main road widening is one of the key projects undertaken to enhance the transport world-class infrastructure that will support the objectives of the socio-economic development emirate-wide by building integrated and sustainable road network that will address the existing and future needs of the public.
The DoT also conducted several studies to find the best possible approach to implement the project and achieve its objectives. Results showed a great need to widen the existing road by adding a fifth lane on each direction to accommodate forecasted future demand as this main road links various strategic areas between Abu Dhabi Island and Abu Dhabi International Airport and Al Shahama Area, all of which are witnessing wide-scale urban developments.
The DoT is implementing this project by working closely with various strategic partners such as Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC), Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA), Abu Dhabi Police and Abu Dhabi Airports.