Simple solution to beat traffic snarls

DUBAI - Dubai-bound Sharjah commuters were pleasantly surprised yesterday morning as the time they spent on their trip was cut down by more than half with traffic flowing seamlessly through the two-lane Al Qeada junction tunnel.

By Hani M Bathish, Zaigham Ali Mirza And Prerna Suri

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Published: Thu 26 Feb 2004, 12:28 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:13 AM

Many commuters found themselves arriving early for work for a change, in some instances as early as 45 minutes.

The Dubai Municipality has apparently found a simple but efficient solution to the unbearable traffic snarls experienced by commuters daily by separating traffic going through the three-lane Al Nahda tunnel from traffic coming from Mamzar and Ghusais via the Mulla Plaza roundabout.

By placing traffic cones along the section of road between the two tunnels, vehicles traveling in the Al Nahda tunnel get and unobstructed path through to the two-lane Al Qeada juncture tunnel and on to their various destinations in the city and beyond, eliminating lane jumpers at that crucial point.

Mary B, a secretary who works in Bur Dubai and lives in Sharjah, normally gets up by 5:30am to make it to work by 8am. Yesterday she was pleasantly surprised to find the trip from her home to her work took under 30 minutes.

"I arrived at work a full 45 minutes early, I did not know what to do with the extra time. It normally takes me more than an hour to reach my work on good days. When there is a big traffic accident blocking the road the trip can take as much as three hours. It can be very frustrating and it takes its toll on our health as I am sure most drivers have elevated blood pressure by the time they reach work in the morning," Mary said.

Jennifer Sequeira, a sales executive, welcomed the move and said that such actions are necessary to prevent people from cutting lanes and creating a nuisance for everybody else.

"Even though it may seem like an extreme step to take, but I strongly believe that we need such measures to keep careless drivers from barging in into everybody else's lanes without considering other people's safety and time as well.

"I was quite happy to notice that my travel time was cut short by nearly one-third of what it normally takes me to reach my office in Deira from Sharjah."

Mayank Mudgal, a student, felt that the traffic barriers should become a permanent feature as it will dissuade drivers coming in from the right lane from cutting into the two-lane underpass.

"I was a little puzzled when I saw these temporary traffic cones being set up but I was quite relived by the result as I managed to reach my college far quicker thanks to the diversion.

"For a change, the morning traffic was very smooth as there was no way that anyone could bypass these barriers and people were actually travelling in their own lanes. I just hope that this becomes a permanent feature as it will definitely make a big difference in our lives."



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