Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has approved the award of a contract for the improvement of Tripoli Road in a 12 km stretch to provide a link between the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and the Emirates Road at a cost of Dh500 million.
The project provides a parallel and supporting corridor to the Airport Road Improvement Project, which the RTA is currently implementing at a cost of Dh490 million. Thus, the total cost of both projects is almost Dh1billion.
Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) Mattar Al Tayer said: "The projects implement the directives of Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to immediately start construction of several projects and transit systems recently approved by His Highness. Such projects are essential to keep pace with the ongoing upswing witnessed by Dubai, meet the requisites of growth and demographic expansion, and bring happiness to people."
"The project also covers the development of interchanges across the corridor starting with the upgrading of Tripoli-Algiers Roads junction to a tunnel of three lanes in each direction to serve the traffic flow inbound from Rabat Road heading to Tripoli Road. Works also include upgrading the current at-grade signalized intersection. With the completion of these works, the waiting time at the existing intersection is expected to drop from three minutes to less than one minute. The project also includes upgrading Tripoli- Nouakchott junction to a bridge of three lanes in each direction, improving the existing at-grade signalized junction, and transforming the intersection of Tripoli-Academic City Roads into a flyover to ensure a smooth traffic flow. The project also includes improving the Tripoli-Emirates Roads junction into a bridge to serve the traffic inbound from Tripoli Road heading to Emirates Road in the direction of Sharjah. The project will contribute to the improvement of the entry points of Al Warqaa and Mirdif along Tripoli Road, besides enhancing the traffic safety level at the junction of Rabat-Nad Al Hamar Roads near Bel Remaitha Club," he added.
"The awarding of Tripoli Road project coincides with the construction of the Airport Road at a cost of Dh490 million whose completion rate has touched 30%. The project is part of a plan set by RTA for accommodating the projected growth in the number of passengers using the Dubai International Airport, which is expected to shoot to 92 million passengers by 2020. Thus the traffic study showed the importance of finalising the improvement of the Airport Road by 2017," continued Al Tayer.
"The project comprises the construction of bridges, a tunnel at the intersection of Marrakech, and bridges at the intersection of Rashidiya as well as the intersections of the Airport Rd. with Casablanca Rd. and Nad Al Hamar Rd. It also includes improving at-grade intersections and constructing a service road of three lanes in each direction to separate the traffic movement from and to Nad Al Hamar Rd. from the vehicular flow on the Airport Road starting from Rashidiya Intersection up to Marrakech Intersection. The project would contribute to increasing the capacity of the Airport Rd. by an additional 5000 vehicles per hour. It would also enhance the traffic safety level and reduce the journey time on the Airport Road from Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road to Casablanca Road from 30 minutes to 5 minutes. The improvement of Rashidiya Intersection comprises the construction of a bridge on the Airport Road of three lanes in each direction; which is expected to slash the waiting time at the interchange from 13 minutes to less than one minute," commented Al Tayer.
"The upgrading of the Airport -Nad Al Hamar Roads junction encompasses the construction of an additional bridge of two lanes in each direction to serve the traffic coming from Nad Al Hamar Road heading towards the Airport Road. The project will ease the current snarls resulting from the overlapping traffic at Nad Al Hamar Intersection between the first circular left-bound slope stretching from Nad Al Hamar Road to the Airport Road. The second left-bound circular slope extends from the Airport Road to Nad Al Hamar Road. The vehicular traffic on the first circular slope would be restricted to U-turns in the direction of Nad Al Hamar Road," elaborated Al Tayer.
"The improvement of Marrakech-Airport Roads junction also includes the construction of a flyover of three lanes in each direction on the Airport Road along with a ramp stretching from the bridge directly to Terminal three of Dubai International Airport, thus eliminating the waiting at the light signal. A tunnel of two lanes in each direction is under construction to serve the leftward-bound traffic movement from the Airport Road to the direction of Marrakech Road, which reduces the waiting time at the junction from seven minutes to less than one minute.
"The upgrading of the Airport-Casablanca Roads Junction Intersection includes the construction of an additional single-lane bridge to serve the traffic from the Airport Road in the direction of Casablanca Road without waiting at the light signal. It also includes the construction of an alternative road for traffic coming from Al Garhoud enabling vehicles direct access to Terminal 1 and 3 of the Dubai International Airport, besides increasing the number of lanes of Casablanca Road in the direction of Al Garhoud from three to four lanes. The project would also reduce the total waiting time at Casablanca Road from three minutes to one minute, and ease tailbacks generated by the overlapping movement of vehicles heading towards Casablanca Interchange and those coming from Terminal 1 heading towards Casablanca Road," added the Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA.
Reported by Khaleej times