Dubai to build 1.6km mega tunnel to decongest Deira

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A map of the planned mega tunnel in Dubai. RTA

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has unveiled plans to build a 1.6km tunnel that will decongest traffic in Deira.

The Al Khaleej Street Tunnel will span six lanes and will be constructed as part of the RTA’s Dh5.3 billion road project called Al Shindagha Corridor Improvement Project.

According to the RTA, the tunnel will serve 12,000 vehicles per hour. On Sunday (April 14), the RTA announced that it awarded the contract for the construction of the mega tunnel.

The RTA did not confirm when the tunnel is expected to open but said that it will stretch from the end of the ramp of Infinity Bridge in Deira to the junction of Al Khaleej and Cairo streets.

The RTA said the tunnel will free the traffic flow from the Infinity Bridge towards Deira and back.

What is Al Shindagha Corridor Improvement Project?

The Shindagha Corridor Improvement Project will cover a 13km area encompassing Sheikh Rashid Road, Al Mina Street, Al Khaleej Street, and Cairo Street.

The project is aimed at cutting travel times to and from Dubai Islands, Dubai Waterfront, Dubai Maritime City and Mina Rashid from 104 minutes to just 16 minutes by 2030. Under the project, 15 intersections will be upgraded.

Cairo and Al Wuheida streets will also be transformed from a roundabout to a signalised intersection, besides improving Cairo Street and connecting the ramp of the bridge from Dubai Islands to the new tunnel on Al Khaleej Street northward.

Improvements already completed under the Shindagha project include the opening of an intersection of Sheikh Rashid Road and Oud Metha Road, and the launch of five bridges leading to Dubai Islands. ICA/Expat Media

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