Team shortlist18 Sep 2017 AT 12:44 PM

New bridge to reduce traffic around the Dubai International Airport

It forms part of the RTA’s plan to accommodate more road users
Team shortlist18 Sep 2017 AT 12:44 PM
Dubai, News, Road
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Dubai, News, Road
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The RTA has opened a brand new bridge that will hopefully ease the flow of traffic around Dubai International Airport.

The bridge, that officially opened this past Friday, is located at the Marrakech intersection (opposite the Emirates Headquarters) and forms part of the city’s AED404 million Airport Road Improvement Project.

As a result of the new bridge, vehicles on Airport Road heading towards Deira, will have to pass through the Rashidiya Intersection using the new flyover while those looking to go Umm Ramool will have to take the right lane as per the road’s directional signs.

The bridge also features an overpass on to Airport Road, three lanes in each direction as well as a direct ramp connecting the bridge to Emirates Terminal 3.

The new bridge at the Marrakesh intersection

According to RTA’s Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Director HE Mattar Al Tayer, the Improvement of the Airport Road Project is part of the company’s mission of accommodating the growing number of people using the road.

Previously speaking on the development that is expected to accommodate 92 million road users by 2020, Al Tayer said: “The project will include the improvement of Marrakech-Airport Streets intersection through the construction of a flyover of three lanes in each direction on Airport road along with a ramp stretching from the bridge directly to Terminal 3 of Dubai International Airport, thus bypassing the waiting at the light signal.”

He added that as per the project, the RTA will also construct a tunnel of two lanes heading in both directions which will serve the leftward-bound traffic from the Airport Road heading towards Marrakech Street. Its aim is to reduce the intersection waiting from seven minutes to one.

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