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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 September 2018

New transport link opens to help ease back to school traffic surge

Bridge connecting Dubai and Sharjah partially opened to help cut congestion

the Al Badee interchange partially opened on Sunday to help ease congestion on the busy first day of the school year.
the Al Badee interchange partially opened on Sunday to help ease congestion on the busy first day of the school year.

A road project aiming to slash congestion between Dubai and Sharjah has been partially opened in time for the busy first day back at school.

The Al Badee interchange scheme, linking Emirates Road and Sharjah-Maliha road, was partially opened on Sunday to help combat the rise in traffic numbers, said the Ministry of Infrastructure Development.

A bridge connecting the two emirates, due to be completed in the final quarter of this year, will double the capacity of the stretch to 17,700 cars per hour.

The interchange consists of six lanes for Emirates road and three for Sharjah-Maliha road.

Dr Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development, said the official opening should take place soon.

“The project is important because it's a vital link between Dubai and the northern emirates and is part of the country’s comprehensive plan to develop the roads and bridges network to accommodate the growing increase in traffic and meet the needs of the population,” said Dr Al Nuaimi.

The project includes the construction of a three-lane road, spanning more than two kilometres, into Dubai.

“This will alleviate traffic congestion caused by trucks. The project also includes the construction of a bridge towards Sharjah with three lanes and a capacity of 6,000 vehicles which will solve the problem of the slip road,” said the minister.

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