Hamdan Street reopened

ABU DHABI — After a week of repairs, vehicular traffic on the city's busiest Hamdan Street was restored partially yesterday, bringing relief to capital residents, who had to detour to reach their destination. It is expected the street will be fully opened for traffic today.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Sat 20 Aug 2005, 10:16 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:14 PM

The traffic police emerged on Friday evening on the Hamdan-Khalifa intersection to control the traffic, which was earlier, diverted to alternative routes, following annual repairs and maintenance works.

Since Hamdan Street is the main arteries of the capital, the repair works which included reconstructions of some portion of the both roads, pavements and road markings caused traffic jams and congestions and motorists were urged to take alternative arteries to avoid congestion.

The work, which was started on last Saturday, is being completed on fast-track basis, so that it could not cause any inconvenience to the residents, said an official of the Abu Dhabi Municipality and Agriculture Department.

The works were part of an overall plan to repair roads and bring a bout a face-lift to parking and road networks within the city.

The civic body recently started work on parking lots on the street and other adjacent areas with the aim of providing more parking spaces. Some spaces, which were occupied primarily for certain outlet customers will be available for all once the works, are completed.

Motorists had complained that the work currently undertaken had caused more problems, as there were fewer lots for cars during weekdays.

Parking in main areas of the capital are a major problem that the authorities are seeking to find solutions for.

The Department of Municipalities and Agriculture, Abu Dhabi Municipality, has been implementing major plans to further facilitate vehicular traffic. It recently embarked on measures to execute three new tunnels along Al Salam Street at a total cost of Dh621 million.

The project will take four years to complete and is aimed at easing traffic jams in Abu Dhabi city. The three tunnels will span 3,200 metres in their entirety. Each tunnel will be built to the world’s highest engineering standards and will have three lanes on each side.

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