Dh191m to end traffic jams at Al Aweer, International City

Dh191m to end traffic jams at Al Aweer, International City
The heavy traffic seen during the pick hour at the International City. File photo

Dubai - Residents say they feel their request is finally heard.



By Staff Reporter

Published: Sat 30 Jan 2016, 11:00 PM

Last updated: Sun 31 Jan 2016, 5:31 PM

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) of Dubai has awarded Dh191million worth contract for improving Al Aweer Road and Entrances of International City (IC) Project.
This is the first stage of the plan, which is part of projects bundle endorsed by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The project is launched in the light of findings of a traffic impacts study of the International City and the Dragon Mart area, especially after the opening of the Dragon Mart extension, and the anticipated snarls in the area.
Residents living in International City and surrounding areas face regular traffic snarls in the various entrance and exit points around the area during peak traffic hours.
Early morning and after-work hour traffic blocks are common in International City and residents have been requesting to improve the layout of the roads for several years.

How RTA's plans will make your life easierThe improvement project, which covers Al Aweer Road, Nouakchott Road, and the International City at Al Warsan in Dubai, would enhance the intake of roads network, and ease the flow of traffic within the International City. The project, which comprises, a 2-lane flyover, service road, pedestrian and cycling bridges are expected to end the traffic woes of International City residents, The project will also provide a turning point for motorists coming from Al Aweer Road heading to the Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, in addition to a service road in both directions of Al Aweer Road.
More importantly, the existing main four R/As in the International City (Street 414) would be transformed into signalised junctions, and the existing lane would be widened by adding one or two lanes in certain sectors.
Mohammed Salim, a resident in the France Cluster of IC said: "I've been living here for over 5 years and the traffic snarls caused by the single entry/ exit points has set back my travel time to work by almost 14 minutes. I am glad that the RTA is finally revising the road plans. Hope they will also look into the parking issue in IC."
The project is undertaken in collaboration with Nakheel Company, the main developer of the International City, announced Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA said.
"Currently there is a single main entrance shared by residents of the International City and visitors of the Dragon Mart, which often results in tailbacks during the morning and evening peak times," said Al Tayer.
Over the past years, RTA provided an additional signalised entry/exit point at Al Manama Road that has eased the traffic flow at the main entrance of Al Aweer Road.
"The project comprises improving Al Aweer Road in a sector extending from the intersection of the Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road up to the Round/About of the IC. A 2-lane flyover will be constructed at the juncture of Nouakchott and Al Aweer Roads to ensure a free traffic movement for the traffic inbound from Nouakchott Road and outbound to Al Aweer Road westward (in the direction of Dubai city)," said Al Tayer.
The project will also provide a turning point for motorists coming from Al Aweer Road heading to the Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, in addition to a service road in both directions of Al Aweer Road.
"The project also comprises the construction of a pedestrian and cycling bridge to ease the mobility between Al Warqaa and the International City, and offer access to the Business District such as the Dragon Mart and the Fruits and Vegetables Market," he said.
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