AED 1bn plan to ease Dubai-Sharjah traffic
Rushika Bhatia

AED 1bn plan to ease Dubai-Sharjah traffic

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, has given the final approval for a project to improve Tripoli Road in a 12 km stretch and link Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road. The new link is expected to provide much-needed decongestion to Dubai-Sharjah traffic by offering an additional route to thousands of motorists.

The project will include a 5.3 kilometre extension of Tripoli road with three lanes in each direction from the Academic City intersection right up to Emirates Road with the construction of a flyover. The Tripoli-Emirates Roads junction will also be transformed into a bridge to serve traffic heading from Tripoli Road towards Emirates Road. The new project is part of an RTA plan to accommodate the projected growth in the number of commuters using the Dubai International Airport; a number expected to reach 92 million by 2020.

According to Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) Mattar Al Tayer: “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 will include construction of four interchanges; a tunnel and three bridges, and will also increase the capacity of Tripoli Road capacity to 12,000 vehicles per hour in both directions.