47 lanes for crossing Dubai Creek

DUBAI - The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) plans to increase the number of lanes across the Dubai Creek from 40 to 47 by the end of this year.

By Joy Sengupta (Our staff reporter)

Published: Mon 10 Mar 2008, 8:43 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:40 PM

The officials of the Traffic and Roads Agency stated that the number of lanes would be touching 100 by 2020.

“We are aiming at strengthening the road network of the emirate and making it fully concrete for the daily commuters. Apart from increasing the number of lanes across the creek, we would be building 95 new interchanges, 25 modified interchanges, 100 direct links between different areas and nine new ring roads by 2020. The total cost of these projects is estimated at US$12 billion,” added the official.

There would be road networks connecting the Dubai Waterfront Project, the Business Bay Project and Dubai Marina.

“The RTA has planned the Jebel Ali Airport Ring Road, DubaiLand Ring Road, Deira and Bur Dubai ring road and Business Bay Ring Road. In addition to this, there are many inner ring roads coming up. There are a total of eight new road projects under construction at the moment. The total cost of these projects is Dh8 billion,” the official said.

The official added that 71 new grade separated pedestrian crossings were at the designing and construction stages. These also included the Metro crossings.

“Also, we are presently developing the Bicycle Master Plan which would be implemented in phases,” he added.

The RTA recently opened the main part of Phase 3 of Dubai Bypass Road. The whole project will see completion by the end of March this year. The project aims to provide linkage between the borders of Sharjah with the borders of Abu Dhabi.

Also, the new Garhoud Bridge is all slated to be fully operational by the end of this week providing a much-needed relief for the daily commuters.

The officials added that these projects would help the daily motorists in a big way.

“Once these projects are completed, the motorists will breathe easy. The fully strengthened road network will ensure that people travel freely and reach their destinations in a short time,” said the official.

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