Good News for Commuters Between Sharjah and Dubai

DUBAI - Commuters battling huge traffic snarls between Dubai and Sharjah will be able to breathe easy with the much-anticipated opening of Al Qiyadah Intersection for traffic today.

By Joy Sengupta

Published: Thu 26 Feb 2009, 12:52 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 1:33 AM

The project, a part of the first phase of the Al Ittihad Road Improvement Plan of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), is expected to reduce traffic jams by 27 per cent, an official told Khaleej Times.

The two-lane underpass of the intersection has been widened to four lanes in each direction.

The new intersection will cut down traffic jams between Dubai and Sharjah.—KT photo by KamiliaThe number of vehicles using the route is all set to increase with the RTA estimating it to be around 6,000 vehicles per hour.

The interchange also includes a two-lane bridge serving traffic from Abu Hail and Salahuddin Road towards Sharjah, in addition to another two-lane bridge for vehicles coming from Al Quds Street towards Al Ittihad Road in the direction of Dubai.

Phase one of the project also includes the widening of the Al Ittihad Road to 16 lanes — eight in each direction.

The Al Mulla Plaza Intersection will be opened to March 10, thereby completing phase one.

The whole Ittihad Road Improvement Plan project consists of two phases initially. Phase two focuses on Airport Road, Shaikh Rashid Road until Garhoud Bridge. The work on this phase has begun and will be completed by the end of the year, the official said.

The Al Mulla Plaza Intersection, once completed, will be able to accommodate around 4,800 vehicles per hour in each direction.

Authorities had earlier said that the first phase would cost Dh480 million, while the complete project around Dh850 million.

The completion of the first phase will ensure a free ride for motorists and they will not have to go through diversions while travelling between Dubai and Sharjah.

“Al Ittihad Road will become a freeway once the first phase is completed,” the official said.

In October last year, the RTA opened three bridges, also a part of the first phase, spanning the road section from the Shuala roundabout, HQ underpass, Al Mulla Plaza Underpass till the outskirts of Sharjah.

The bridges serve traffic to and from many areas like Abu Hail, Al Qusais, Sharjah and Salahuddin Road.

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