13.5km multi-use track to be laid in Dubai


Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is set to construct a 13.5 km track tailored for bicycles, scooters, and pedestrians, linking Al Sufouh to Dubai Hills via Hessa Street.

Mattar Al Tayer, Director General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority said the track is part of Hessa Street Improvement Project currently undertaken by RTA spanning 4.5 km between the intersections with Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road.

The planned multi-use track measures 13.5 km in length and 4.5 metres in width (2.5-metre-wide track for cyclists & scooter riders, and 2-metre-wide track for pedestrians). It will link 12 residential, commercial, and educational areas in addition to service facilities in neighbourhoods like Al Barsha and Al Barsha Heights.

The track is designed to improve connectivity for first and last-mile trips, linking with the Dubai Internet City Metro Station and other hotspots in the vicinity. The capacity of the track is estimated at 5,200 users per hour.

Al Tayer said the new track features two uniquely designed bridges: "The first spans 528 metres over Sheikh Zayed Road, and the second stretches 501 metres over Al Khail Road. Each bridge is 5-metres wide (3 metres for bicycles and e-scooters and 2 metres for pedestrians).

"The engineering design of these bridges is inspired by the surrounding environments. The design concept of the bridge crossing Sheikh Zayed Road embodies themes of connectivity embodied in overlapping lines. The open design of the bridge structure enhances visibility, offering improved views of the surrounding area and adjacent towers.

"Meanwhile, the bridge over Al Khail Road has a design that replicates the path of the sunlight, creating smooth lines and offering pedestrians and cyclists a tranquil escape from the street noise. The design thoughtfully considers integrating the path of the sun's rays into the design,” he added.

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