One of the oldest tall buildings in Dubai is located near the interchange - the Toyota Building.
Defense Roundabout construction
The Defense Roundabout was one of the last major interchanges on Sheikh Zayed Road to be redeveloped as a free-flow intersection (even though many residents wished it had been the first).
Developer is the
Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (Dubai RTA).
Start date of construction was Q4 of 2006.
Construction was supposed to be finished by March 2009, but has been delayed until end of 2010 at least (possibly later).
Main project contractor is
Salini Constructions, contract awarded in 2006.
Construction cost about AED 618 million.
After finish of improvements, the RTA estimates that 16,000 vehicles per hour would use the intersection.
New interchange will connect Shaikh Zayed Road, Al Safa Street, the double-deck Financial Center Road (Doha Street).
Total length of bridges and ramps for the new intersection will be 3km, and the tunnel connecting the SZR service roads would be 850m long.
The service road past the Mazaya Centre Dubai will be connected with a tunnel to the service road past the Shangrila Hotel on Shaikh Zayed Road.
A good aerial view of the new interchange can be had from the Burj Dubai Observation Deck (but it will cost you AED 100 to get up there).
The link joining Al Safa Road to Financial Center Road is expected to open on 30 May 2010 according to a press release from the RTA on 08 or 09 May 2010.
Defence Roundabout construction accident
On 17 June 2008, part of one of the bridges under construction collapsed. Five workers were injured.
An RTA statement blamed the contractor, saying "The accident happened due to miscalculations on the part of the contractor as a result the pillar and the scaffolding could not take the load of the bridge and it collapsed,"
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