Airport Street improvement is up to 30% complete, says RTA

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Airport Street improvement is up to 30% complete, says RTA
RTA officials say the renovation will not only improve traffic safety levels but also drastically reduce journey times and waiting time at interchanges

Dubai - The journey time on Airport Street from Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Street to Casablanca Street will be reduced from 30 minutes to 5 minutes.

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Published: Sat 21 Jan 2017, 10:05 PM

Last updated: Sun 22 Jan 2017, 12:09 AM

Up to 30 per cent of the first contract for the improvement of Airport Street - involving the construction of Rashidiya and Casablanca interchanges - is now complete. This was announced by Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), who added that the completion rate has reached 25 per cent for the Nad Al Hamar and Marrakech interchanges.
Al Tayer was making an inspection visit to the Airport Street Interchanges Improvement Project costing Dh404 million.
Four Interchanges
"The project comprises the construction of bridges, a tunnel at the intersection of Marrakech, and bridges at the intersection of Rashidiya, plus the intersections of the Airport Street with Casablanca Street and Nad Al Hamar Street. It also includes improving at-grade intersections and constructing a service road of three lanes in each direction to separate traffic movement from and to Nad Al Hamar Street from the vehicular flow on the Airport Street starting from Rashidiya Intersection up to Marrakech Intersection," said Al Tayer.
Airport Street will be able to take an additional 5000 vehicles per hour. Traffic safety levels will be enhanced and the journey time on Airport Street from Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Street to Casablanca Street will be reduced from 30 minutes to 5 minutes. The improvement of Rashidiya Intersection comprises the construction of a bridge on Airport Street, of 3 lanes in each direction, expected to slash the waiting time at the interchange from 13 minutes to less than one minute, Al Tayer added.
The upgrading of the Airport Street - Nad Al Hamar St. Intersection encompasses the construction of an additional bridge of two lanes in each direction to serve the traffic coming from Nad Al Hamar St. heading towards the Airport St.
The project also includes 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, bypassing the waiting at the light signal. A tunnel of two lanes in each direction is under construction to serve the leftward-bound traffic movement from Airport Street towards Marrakech Street, which reduces the waiting time at the junction from seven minutes to less than one minute.
With an additional single-lane bridge to serve the traffic from Airport Street in the direction of Casablanca Street without waiting at the light signal, an alternative street for traffic coming from Al Garhoud enabling vehicles direct access to Terminal 1 and 3 of the Dubai International Airport will also be built.
Traffic diversions to ensure smooth flow
"RTA has charted out a comprehensive plan for traffic diversions to ensure a smooth traffic flow. It has diverted traffic in both directions of Rashidiya Street, and work is currently progressing in bridge works and the shifting of the existing utility lines. The traffic will be diverted at Marrakech and Casablanca intersections by the end of this month, and the contractor is currently working on bridges at the intersections of Nad Al Hamar, Marrakech and Casablanca in concurrence with the shifting of utility lines. The diversion maintains the same number of lanes to ensure a smooth traffic flow. to avoid any snarls," stated Al Tayer.
"The Airport Road Improvement Project is part of a plan set by the RTA for accommodating the projected growth in the number of passengers using the Dubai International Airport, expected to shoot to 92 million passengers by 2020," continued Al Tayer.
reporters@khaleejtimes.com


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