Dubai unveils $187mn Hessa Road Project to ease traffic

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) of Dubai has announced a contract worth Dh689 million for the enhancement of Hessa Street, a vital road artery in the city.

Dubai Hessa Street to Undergo Dh689 Million Transformation

The project aims to double the road's capacity, increase the number of lanes from two to four in each direction, and introduce a 13.5-kilometer cycling track. This major upgrade will accommodate up to 8,000 vehicles per hour in each direction, significantly improving traffic flow and connectivity.

Key Artery and Residential Communities

Hessa Street is a crucial connector that links three major highways in Dubai: Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Khail Road, and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road. It also passes through several prominent residential communities in New Dubai, including Al Barsha, Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC), Al Sufouh, and Dubai Sports City. The project will span 4.5 kilometers, starting from the intersection with Sheikh Zayed Road and extending to the intersection with Al Khail Road.

Revamped Intersections

As part of the project, four main intersections along Hessa Street will be revamped to enhance traffic management and streamline movement. These intersections include Sheikh Zayed Road, First Al Khail Street, Al Asayel Street, and Al Khail Road.

Population Growth Impact

The upgraded infrastructure will cater to the needs of several residential and development communities, such as Al Sufouh 2, Al Barsha, and Jumeirah Village Circle. Anticipating significant population growth, the RTA expects the areas served by the project to be home to over 640,000 residents by 2030.

Extensive Cycling Track

One of the standout features of the project is the construction of a 13.5-kilometer cycling track, catering to both bicycles and e-scooters. The track will be 4.5 meters wide, with dedicated lanes for different modes of transport: 2.5 meters for bicycles and e-scooters and 2 meters for pedestrians. This new cycling infrastructure will connect Al Sufouh to Dubai Hills via Hessa Street, providing accessibility to residential areas like Al Sufouh, Al Barsha, and Barsha Heights.

Two Unique Bridges

The cycling track will incorporate two bridges, enhancing connectivity and safety for users. The first bridge will span Sheikh Zayed Road, while the second bridge will cross Al Khail Road. The Al Khail Road bridge features a distinctive geometric design inspired by the surrounding environment.

This comprehensive infrastructure project aligns with Dubai's commitment to improving transportation and promoting sustainable modes of travel, such as cycling and e-scooting. It will not only enhance the road network's capacity but also contribute to the overall well-being of residents and commuters in the emirate.

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