PHOTO BY RTA
DUBAI – Construction of 13 new bridges in Dubai is now complete, which will help cut travel time by up to 7 minutes on Umm Suqeim Street, according to the head of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).
RTA said it opened the main bridge on Umm Suqeim on Saturday (May 30), with the other bridges to be opened once the mall is launched.
Ten of these bridges have entry and exit points to and from Dubai Hills Mall from Al Khail Road.
“The project provides three entry points to those coming from Deira, Umm Suqeim and Jebel Ali as well as direct exit points to Al Khail Road and Umm Suqeim Street,” said Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA.
“Such improvements will slash the transit time on Umm Suqeim Street in the sector between Mohammed bin Zayed and Al Khail Roads from 18 minutes to 7 minutes,” Al Tayer said.
According to RTA, the new bridges will be able to accommodate 23,500 vehicles per hour. The bridges will also have lanes leading directly to the new mall and can accommodate up to 7,500 vehicles per hour.
Umm Suqeim Bridge constructed at the intersection of Umm Suqeim Street and the entry of Dubai Hills and Al Barsha, the Umm Suqeim Bridge ensures a smooth traffic flow along the Street. The bridge, which extends 500 metres and comprises four lanes in each direction, can handle up to 8,000 vehicles per hour per direction. The project serves about 115 thousand residents of nearby communities such as Al Barsha South, Arjan, Dubai Hills and others.
The project also includes the improvement of internal roads at the Dubai Hills Estate to ease the movement of residents of Al Barsha South 1 and 2 by linking with the new roads and bridges and Dubai Hills Estate. Project works included traffic signals, shifting power and utility lines, and landscaping.
Dubai Hills Mall is one of the biggest destinations developed by Emaar as a joint venture with Meraas. It will be home to more than 650 retail and F&B outlets, a Cineplex and a hypermarket. ICA/WAM/Expat Media
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