Improving Dubai’s Roads
Dubai is one of the fastest growing cities in the world, and the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has undertaken numerous projects to improve mobility throughout the area. The Parallel Roads project is RTA’s largest improvement currently under construction and consists of two parallel roads, each 64 km (39 mi) long, that will connect traffic from Sheikh Rashid Road to the Abu Dhabi border. Parsons is providing design and construction supervision for this program, which consists of arterial roads carrying 4 lanes in each direction, more than 100 at-grade and grade-separated intersections, and 40 km (24 mi) of dual-3-lane connecting roads.
The Za’abeel access and bridges project, located in the heart of Dubai next to Dubai World Trade Centre, is one of the largest and most important phases of the Parallel Roads project. It links the Western Parallel Road with Al Sa’ada Street in front of Dubai World Trade Centre and Sheikh Rashid Road. The project involved constructing two parallel viaducts of two lanes each and one flyover, with a total length of 4.2 km (2.6 mi), using segmental bridge construction techniques. The project also improves signalized junctions at the Dubai World Trade Centre area in addition to infrastructure and lighting.
Parsons provided design and construction supervision services for this landmark project, one in a series of planned segmental bridges, many of them in Dubai’s most congested areas for traffic and service utilities. RTA selected Parsons because of our extensive expertise in developing and implementing highway systems—we have engineered more than 10,000 mi of roads in 40 countries on six continents.