x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Traffic-busting Bur Dubai tunnels close to completion

The Roads and Transport Authority says the Rashid Hospital Tunnels will be complete by the middle of the year.

DUBAI // The Rashid Hospital Tunnels in Bur Dubai will be completed by June, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) says.

The project, which includes two tunnels and the extension of roads around the Floating Bridge, is 96 per cent complete.

Two tunnels will ease traffic inbound from Tariq bin Ziyad Road and Umm Hurair Road in the direction of the intersection of Riyadh Road and the extension of the Floating Bridge.

The first tunnel is two lanes inbound from Tariq bin Ziyad Road passing beneath Al Maktoum Bridge, and the second tunnel is also two lanes below Oud Metha Park.

The tunnels converge to form a four-lane tunnel in the direction of Riyadh Road.

"The project was conceived [to] ease the traffic congestion in the vicinity of Rashid Hospital and the Dubai Media Inc. to the extent of handling 6,000 vehicles per hour," said Maitha bin Udai, chief executive of RTA's Traffic and Roads Agency.

Bin Udai said 90 per cent of the electromechanical work in the tunnels had been completed, and 95 per cent of the roads, light signals and street lighting works.

"The RTA has completed a number of projects in Bur Dubai to ease traffic snarls and enhance road capacity to cope up with the growth and urban expansion," she said.

malkhan@thenational.ae