A Dh1 billion project to tackle congestion on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road from Sharjah to Dubai has finally been completed.
The project to build five lanes in each direction as well as several bridges linking surrounding areas in Sharjah, including Al Dhaid main road, has been ongoing for the past three years.
Barriers have now been removed for vehicles heading from Sharjah towards Dubai and on to Abu Dhabi in the direction of the National Paints roundabout, reported Al Ittihad, the Arabic language sister paper of The National.
The remaining construction work on bridges linking peripheral areas to the main road are expected to be completed during the last quarter of the year.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road is one of the Northern Emirates’ main highways with traffic flowing from Ras Al Khaimah through Umm Al Quwain, Ajman and Sharjah to Dubai, before connecting with Sheikh Zayed Road and beyond to the capital.
The road is 140 kilometres long, of which 73km are in Dubai.
The President’s Initiative Committee has been collaborating with the Ministry of Public Works on construction. The Dubai-Sharjah section, which previously had two lanes in each direction, was inaugurated last month with five lanes in each direction.