The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai has opened three bridges on Airport Street to ease congestion toward Dubai International Airport.
RTA’s director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors, HE Mattar Al Tayer, said the authority planned to open a two-lane tunnel to serve traffic from Airport Street towards Marrakech Street in July.
“Bridges to be opened include a two-lane bridge to serve the traffic from Nad Al Hamar Street to the Airport Street,” said Al Tayer.
“This bridge will ease the snarls resulting from the overlapping traffic at Nad Al Hamar Interchange between the first circular slope heading leftward from Nad Al Hamar to the Airport Street, and the second circular slope heading leftward from the Airport Street to Nad Al Hamar Street. The traffic on the first circular slope will be limited to U-turns in the direction of Nad Al Hamar Street.”
Al Tayer said RTA would upgrade the Marrakech-Airport Street Junction by building a ramp leading to Terminal 3 of Dubai International Airport.
RTA plans to open a bridge leading to the Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects.
“The opening of all bridges at the four junctions of the Airport Street increases the intake of the Airport Street by 5,000 vehicles per hour,” said Al Tayer.
“It would also step up the traffic safety and flow. The project is needed to cope with the sharp growth rate in the number of passengers using Dubai International Airport, which is expected to hit 92 million passengers by 2020,” he added.
The Airport Improvement Project covers the upgrade of four junctions. The first was Rashidiya junction, which included the construction of two bridges on Airport Street. The second was a two-lane ramp for traffic coming from Nad Al Hamar Street to the Airport Street. Works on the third junction includes the building of two bridges, with three lanes of traffic in each direction, as well as a ramp leading to Terminal 3.
The fourth junction covers the construction of a single-lane ramp for traffic travelling from Airport Street to Casablanca Street. It also includes construction of an alternative route for traffic inbound from Al Garhoud.