Sunday, July 2, 2017

Dubai's key intersections project set for 2018 completion

The work on the Airport Street Project covering Rashidiya and Casablanca Intersections in Dubai is progressing at a steady pace with almost 50 per cent of the project ready, while the Phase Two, covering Nad Al Hamar and Marrakech Intersections, has reached 40 per cent, said a top government official.

The Dh404 million ($110 million) development is due for completion in the first half of 2018, stated Mattar Al Tayer, the director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

Al Tayer said with the work in full swing, the Phase One of the Airport Street Project was likely to be opened this December, while the entire project will be ready in the first half of 2018, he added.

The RTA chief was speaking after his recent inspection to the project site.

"Works completed so far included Al Khawaneej-bound Bridge at Al Rashidiya Intersection and one out of 5 bridges at Marrakech Intersection in the same direction," noted Al Tayer.

"Works in a tunnel at Marrakech Intersection will start this July. The progress in construction works has reached 70 per cent in the flyover at Nad Al Hamar Intersection, whereas completion rate in the flyover at Casablanca Intersection has reached 50 per cent.

According to him, the scope of work includes the construction of bridges, a tunnel at Marrakech Intersection, and bridges at Rashidiya Intersection as well as the Airport St. junctions with Casablanca St. and Nad Al Hamar St.

It also includes improving at-grade intersections, and constructing a service road of 3 lanes in each direction to separate the traffic movement from and to Nad Al Hamar St. from the traffic on the Airport St. starting from Rashidiya Intersection up to Marrakech Intersection, stated Al Tayer.

On completion, the project will help boost the capacity of the Airport St. by an additional 5,000 vehicles per hour besides enhancing the traffic safety level, and reducing the transit time on the Airport St. from Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road to Casablanca St. from 30 minutes to 5 minutes, he added.

Al Tayer said the Improvement of Airport St. Project is part of RTA’s plans to accommodate the projected growth in the number of passengers using the Dubai International Airport which is expected to shoot up to 92 million passengers by 2020.

"Thus, the traffic study highlighted the importance of finalising the Improvement of the Airport St. Project by the end of 2017," he added.

The Improvement of the Airport St. Project encompasses the Improvement of Rashidiya Intersection through constructing a bridge on the Airport St. of 3 lanes in each direction; which is expected to slash the waiting time at the intersection from 13 minutes to less than one minute.

It also includes upgrading the intersection of the Airport–Nad Al Hamar Streets through the construction of an additional bridge of two lanes in each direction to serve the traffic from Nad Al Hamar St. heading towards the Airport St, he added.-TradeArabia News Service

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