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Work in progress on the Umm Lafina project.

Work in progress on the Umm Lafina project.

Musanada completes 60pc islands link work

January 2020

Abu Dhabi General Services Company (Musanada) said work is progressing well on the Dh1.13-billion ($307 million) Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Road extension project at Umm Lafina and Al Reem islands.

The project, being implemented in co-ordination with The Integrated Transport Centre (ICT), will involve construction of an 11-km road connecting Al Reem Island with Umm Lafina Island and then extending it to link both islands with Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Road in Abu Dhabi at the intersection with Dhafeer Street (Street No 31).

It will also include construction of five concrete bridges and two bridges over water with a total length of about 6.3 km above water as well as 4.7 km of road works.

Envisaged to be fully completed and handed over by Q3 of 2020, the project comprises two contracts, it added.

The first contract involves construction of a 6-km road, starting from Al Reem island passing through northern and southern Umm Lafina Island, including construction of three bridges over water canals in order to maintain navigation of traffic, besides construction of few intersections to facilitate movement in all directions.

The second contract will involve construction of four bridges – two concrete and two bridges to cross over water canals – besides a main intersection to facilitate movement on Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Road. It will be a three-lane dual carriageway, with a possibility to widen it to six lanes in future in each direction to meet the requirements of demographic growth and expansion at Al Reem Island and its surroundings.

Musanada said the first contract is 57 per cent complete, while the second contract’s completion rate stands at 62 per cent.

ICT said that the Umm Lafina project is one of the critical surface transport projects currently being executed along with Musanada, and aims to enhance the connection between Abu Dhabi Island on one hand and both Umm Lafina and Al Reem Islands on the other.

It will also serve the existing and future traffic volumes between the development projects such as Al Reem, Al Maryah, and Umm Lafina islands and Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Road, with the maximum capacity to accommodate 6,600 trips per hour in each direction.

It will also ease pressure on the existing road network, particularly Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Road, by providing an alternative traffic movement from and to Al Reem Island and Al Maryah island at present as well as Umm Lafina Island in future.  

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