You’ll be able to leave for the airport a bit later than usual very soon. Work on an improvement project for the road connecting to Dubai International Airport is 50 percent complete.
The construction works on the first phase of Airport Street, covering the Rashidiya and Casablanca intersections, is expected to be finished by December this year. The second phase of the project, which covers the Nad Al Hamar and Marrakech intersections, is also coming along quickly with over 40 percent of works complete.
HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), 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 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.”
The improvement to the Rashidiya intersection is expected to reduce the waiting time from 13 minutes to less than one minute.
“The Project also includes the improvement of Marrakech-Airport Streets intersection through the construction of a flyover of three lanes in each direction on the Airport St. along with a ramp stretching from the bridge directly to Terminal 3 of Dubai International Airport, thus bypassing the waiting at the light signal. it also includes the construction of a tunnel of 2 lanes in each direction to serve the leftward-bound traffic from the Airport St. in the direction of Marrakech St., which will reduce the waiting time at the intersection from seven minutes to less than one minute.
“Upgrading the Airport–Casablanca Streets Intersections includes the construction of an additional single-lane bridge to serve the traffic from the Airport St. in the direction of Casablanca St. eliminating the waiting time at the light signal. It also includes the construction of an alternative street for traffic inbound from Al Garhoud enabling direct access to Terminal 1 and 3 of the Dubai International Airport, besides increasing the number of lanes of Casablanca St. in the direction of Al Garhoud from 3 to 4 lanes. These improvements will reduce the total waiting time at Casablanca Intersection from three minutes to one minute, and ease the existing tailbacks generated by the overlap between traffic between vehicles heading towards Casablanca Intersection and vehicles coming from Terminal 1 heading leftwards to Casablanca St.,” explained Al Tayer.
In the meantime, while the construction works is ongoing, you should leave extra time to get to DXB Airport.