3 new Dubai bridges to cut travel time from over 1 hour to just 16 minutes

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A bridge under construction in Dubai. RTA

Three new bridges being constructed in Dubai are expected to reduce travel time from 1 hour and 44 minutes to just 16 minutes after they are completed.

According to the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), the project is now 45 percent complete as part of Phase 4 of the Al Shindagha Corridor Improvement Project, one of the largest projects currently being implemented by RTA. It involves the development of 15 intersections along 13km. The project serves Deira and Bur Dubai and development projects such as Dubai Islands, Dubai Waterfront, Dubai Maritime City, and Mina Rashid.

“The project, which serves about one million people, is set to reduce journey time from 104 minutes to 16 minutes by 2030,” said Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA.

Phase 4 of the project extends 4.8km from the intersection of Sheikh Rashid Road with Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Street to the Falcon Intersection on Al Mina Street. Here, three bridges will be constructed, extending 3.1km and with a capacity of 19,400 vehicles per hour in all directions.

The first bridge will be 1,335 metres long with three lanes in each direction. The bridge will be able to accommodate 10,800 vehicles per hour and ensure smooth traffic flow between Sheikh Rashid and the Falcon Intersection.

The second bridge extends 780 metres with a capacity of three lanes to serve traffic coming from the Falcon Intersection heading to Al Wasl Road with a capacity of 5,400 vehicles per hour.

The third bridge is a two-lane bridge extending 985 metres to serve traffic coming from Jumeirah Street heading to Al Mina Street in the direction of the Falcon Intersection, with a capacity of 3,200 vehicles per hour, Al Tayer explained.

The project also includes constructing roads extending 4.8km, improving surface intersections on Jumeirah Street, Al Mina Street, and Sh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah Street, and constructing two pedestrian bridges on Sheikh Rashid Road and Al Mina Street.

The RTA is currently constructing Al Khaleej Street Tunnel, which extends from the end of the ramp of the Infinity Bridge in Deira to the intersection of Al Khaleej Street with Cairo Street. This 1650-metre-long tunnel has three lanes in each direction, accommodating 12,000 vehicles per hour. The tunnel facilitates free traffic flow for motorists from the Infinity Bridge heading to Deira and vice versa.

The project also includes converting the intersection of Cairo and Al Wuheida Street from a roundabout to a signalised junction along with some improvements on Cairo Street and connecting the bridge ramp from Dubai Islands to the new Al Khaleej Street Tunnel heading northward.

RTA has developed numerous intersections under Al Shindagha Corridor, including the opening of Sheikh Rashid Road Intersection with Oud Metha Street (Wafi Intersection) along with the Intersection of Sheikh Rashid Road with Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Street.

This development included the construction of two bridges on Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Street with a capacity of two lanes in each direction, a bridge from Zaabeel Street towards Sheikh Rashid Road with a capacity of one lane, and a tunnel on Sheikh Rashid Road intersection with Al Mankhool Street with a capacity of four lanes in each direction. ICA/WAM/Expat Media

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