Video: New road opens in Dubai to ease traffic

Web Report/Dubai
Filed on July 15, 2018
Video: New road opens in Dubai to ease traffic

The RTA is currently working on phase II of the project.

The Roads and Transport Authority opened the improvement of Al Awir Road and Entrances of International City Project (Phase I) this morning.

The opening of this will enable smooth flow of traffic from International City heading to Downtown Dubai. It included the construction of a bridge with an estimated capacity of 1000 vehicles per hour, which will ease the traffic pressure on the R/A at the junction of Al Awir and Sheikh Zayed Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Streets making it easy for motorists coming from Hatta to access the Dragon Mart and the International City via Al Awir Road.

The Project aims to ensure the smooth traffic movement on Al Awir Road from the intersection of Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road to the R/A of Sheikh Zayed Bin Hamdan Street, and improve the left and U-turns from the International City & Dragon Mart. It involved the construction of a free interchange in the form of a two-lane flyover from Warsan (1) Street to Al Awir Road westward in the direction of Dubai Downtown.

Traffic running from Al Awir Road to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road will be able to turn while  free traffic movement will be enabled  from Hatta to Dubai via Al Awir Road directly to Warsan (1) Street and entrances to the International City & Dragon Mart through a one-lane bridge.

In addition, it includes a 3-lane service road parallel to Al Awir Road in both directions to ensure free traffic movement and separate it from the traffic of the International City, Dragon Mart and Al Warqaa. It also included turning the primary four R/As of the International City (International City Street-1) into signalised junctions, and widening the existing lane by adding one or two lanes in some sectors.

Phase 2

The RTA is currently working on phase II of the project. It encompasses improvements on Al Manama Street, upgrading its intersections with Warsan (1) Street, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road, and the extension of the International City Street (main entrance of the International City).

Works also include upgrading Al Manama-Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road intersection, and widening the flyover passing over the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road from three to four lanes in each direction, which will increase the capacity of the bridge from 4,500 vehicles per hour to 6,000. It will increase the number of lanes of slipways extending from Ras Al Khor Road to Sharjah, and from the International City to Jebel Ali and Abu Dhabi, from one lane to two. This increase will double the capacity of these lanes from 800 vehicles per hour to 1,600.

Works also include widening Al Manama Street between the Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Road and the entrance of the International City from three to six lanes in each direction. This improvement will increase the intake of the road by 1,500 vehicles per hour per lane. Al Manama Street will also be widened in the sector from the entrance of the International City to the Academic City Street from two to five lanes in each direction, which will enhance the capacity of this street from 3,000 vehicles per hour to 7,500.

Phase 2 also includes upgrading the intersection of Al Manama Street with the entrance of the International City by converting it into a surface signalised junction, enabling free movement in all directions. Works include constructing a flyover of three lanes in each direction to allow traffic to cross freely over Al Manama Street that will increase the traffic flow by 4,500 vehicles per hour.

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