The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced the opening of a key road project that would be soon opened to traffic from July 14 onwards. This move is expected to free the traffic jams that have hassled people commuting around Dubai’s Dragon Mart. The opening of Phase 1 of Al Awir Road Improvement Project would expectedly pave the way for a hassle-free drive from Dubai Internation City to Downtown Dubai.
The phase also saw the construction of a bridge that is expected to withstand 1000 vehicles per hour, thus easing pressure on other areas like the Sheikh Zayed Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan streets and the junction at Al Awir. The Dragon Mart and International city will now be more easily accessible to commuters driving in from Hatta via Al Awir road.
The director-general and chairman of the Board of Director of the RTA, Mattar Al Tayyer, said that the final touches were being added to the project. He said that the contractors are busy with the concluding aspects of construction which would finally ease the pressure on traffic that has been causing a headache to commuters lately. He also added that a two-lane flyover has been constructed from Warsan(1) street to Al Awir Road westward in the direction of Downtown Dubai. Furthermore, he pointed out the addition of three-lane service roads that are running parallel to Al Awir in both directions to ensure the smooth progress of traffic and make it a separate entity from the one at International city, Dragon Mart and Al Warqa. Additionally, the International City Street-1 now has its roundabouts transformed into junctions, apart from the widening of the roads by adding extra lanes in some sectors.
The next venture on the agenda of the RTA is Phase II of the same project that aims to work on improving the Al Manama street, upgrading its links to other busy streets like Warsan (1) street, Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Road and the extension of the International city street. The project focuses on the Al Manama street and its various intersections, thus seeking to increase traffic flow by up to 4500 vehicles per hour.