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Dubai to open key bridge at Airport Street

DUBAI, January 2, 2018

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced the opening of Rashidiya Bridge in both directions at the intersection of the Airport Street on January 5.

The opening of the two bridges will ensure the smooth flow of traffic in the direction of Deira as well as Al Khawaneej, said Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of RTA.

Al Tayer also announced that the new bridge at the intersection of Casablanca intersection would be operational in mid-Jan 2018. He also revealed that the new bridge at the junction of Marrakech Street opposite to Emirates Airline building serving the traffic from Deira in the direction of the Airport Street would be opened by the end of February 2018. He further announced that both the Expo Bridge in the direction of Dubai Aviation Engineering Project premises, and the new Nad Al Hamar Bridge in the direction of Airport Street, would be opened by the end of March 2018.

“The Improvement of the Airport Street Project is part of RTA’s plans to accommodate the projected growth in the number of passengers using the Dubai International Airport, which is expected to shoot to 92 million passengers by 2020,” said Al Tayer.

“The project comprises the construction of bridges at Rashidiya Intersection, bridges and a tunnel at Marrakech Intersection, and bridges at the intersections of Casablanca Street and Nad Al Hamar Street of the Airport Street. It also includes improving at-grade intersections and constructing a service road. Upon completion, the project would increase the capacity of the Airport Street by an additional 5,000 vehicles per hour, enhance the traffic safety level, and reduce the transit time on the Airport Street from Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road to Casablanca Street from 30 minutes to five minutes,” said Al Tayer.

“The Improvement of the Airport Street Project encompasses the Improvement of Rashidiya Intersection through constructing a bridge on the Airport Street of three lanes in each direction, which would slash the waiting time at the intersection significantly. It also includes upgrading the intersection of the Airport–Nad Al Hamar streets through the construction of an additional bridge of two lanes to serve the traffic from Nad Al Hamar Street heading towards the Airport Street. The project would ease the current snarls resulting from the overlapping traffic at Nad Al Hamar Intersection between the first circular slope heading to the left from Nad Al Hamar Street to the Airport Street. It would also ease the traffic movement on the second circular slope heading left from the Airport Street to Nad Al Hamar Street. The vehicular traffic on the first circular slope would be restricted to U-turns in the direction of Nad Al Hamar Street,” he elaborated.

“The project also includes the improvement of the intersection of Marrakech-Airport Streets through the construction of a flyover of three lanes in each direction on the Airport Street along with a ramp stretching from the bridge directly to Terminal 3 of Dubai International Airport, thus bypassing the waiting at the light signal. It also includes the construction of a tunnel of two lanes in each direction to serve the leftward-bound traffic from the Airport St. in the direction of Marrakech Street, which involves a remarkable reduction of the waiting time at the intersection.

“Upgrading the intersection of the Airport–Casablanca Streets includes the construction of an additional single-lane bridge to serve the traffic from the Airport St. in the direction of Casablanca Street eliminating the waiting time at the light signal. It also includes the construction of an alternative route for traffic inbound from Al Garhoud enabling direct access to Terminal 1 and 3 of the Dubai International Airport, besides increasing the number of lanes of Casablanca Street in the direction of Al Garhoud from three to four lanes. The project would considerably reduce the total waiting time at Casablanca Intersection, and ease the existing tailbacks generated by the overlap between traffic between vehicles heading towards Casablanca Intersection and vehicles coming from Terminal 1 heading leftwards to Casablanca Street,” explained Al Tayer.

“RTA is proceeding with the upgrading of the infrastructure of road networks and mass transit systems in Dubai emirate by figuring out integrated solutions for land and marine transit systems that are safe for users and compatible with the Dubai Strategic Plan 2021. Such solutions are intended to respond to the needs of hosting Expo 2020, serve the demographic growth, and encourage the development and investments across the emirate,” Al Tayer concluded. – TradeArabia News Service

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