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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 16 December 2018

Sheikh Rashid Street Tunnel to open in Dubai on Thursday

Construction on the congested intersection began in 2016

The new tunnel will receive traffic from Al Garhoud bridge, pictured. Pawan Singh / The National
The new tunnel will receive traffic from Al Garhoud bridge, pictured. Pawan Singh / The National

A new eight-lane tunnel on Sheikh Rashid Street is about to make life easier for Dubai motorists.

The tunnel, at the intersection of Sheikh Rashid Street and Sheikh Khalifa Street, has four lanes in each direction and will open on Thursday, May 3.

Construction began on the project in September, 2016 and was projected to be complete by late 2017.

It is part of the ongoing infrastructure developments of the Sheikh Rashid and Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Streets Intersection Project. The intersection receives traffic from Al Garhoud bridge, Oud Metha, Sheikh Zayed Road, Bur Dubai and Al Shindagha.

In February, the Road and Transport Authority (RTA) opened a four-lane bridge on Sheikh Khalifa Street and a two-lane bridge from Zabeel Street o Sheikh Rashid Street. These bridges have reduced congestion heading to Al Karama and the World Trade Centre junction towards Sheikh Zayed Road.

“The project is part of RTA’s master plan for the improvement of roads, bridges, crossings and underpasses to accommodate the growing volume of traffic and to ease the traffic in all parts of Dubai,” said a statement by Mattar Al Tayer, the director general and chairman of the RTA’s executive board.

Lighting, paving, irrigation, sewage and storm water draining are also being improved, he added.

“The objective is to develop integrated solutions of roads and marine network that are safe for users and capable of matching development plans and demographic growth, while encouraging the development and investment in the emirate," said Mr Al Tayer.

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