62-km Abu Dhabi-Dubai highway opened
A 62-km highway from Abu Dhabi to Dubai was officially inaugurated on Tuesday by Shaikh Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, deputy chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, and is now opened to motorists.
The road has been named as Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Street and joins Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road or E311.
Shaikh Hazza, Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and other government officials attended the ceremony.
According to officials at the Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport, the new route will ease block on the road between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the Shaikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Road (E11).
A government-owned firm named Musanada constructed the new highway. The firm is known for providing contracting, construction and facilities management services to public entities. The cost of construction is reported around Dh2.1 billion.
The road has eight lanes, with four lanes in either direction, and can carry up to 8,000 vehicles per hour.
On the 62-km stretch, there are six interchanges to ease the traffic.
Petrol stations on either side of the road are under construction, which the officials believe to be opened by third quarter of 2017.