Bridge to ease flow of traffic from early May

The bridge will serve commuters coming from Al Quds Road heading left towards Al Garhoud Bridge (SUPPLIED)

The First Bridge – serving commuters coming from Al Quds Road heading left towards Al Garhoud Bridge or Al Sho'ala Interchange towards the Floating Bridge – constructed as part of Al Ittihad Road Upgrading Project will open in early May, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said yesterday

The whole project, extending from Al Sho'ala Roundabout, passing through Dubai Police Headquarters underpass and Al Mulla Plaza underpass up to the outskirts of Sharjah, will be finished by the end of 2008.

Maitha bin Adai, CEO of the RTA's traffic and roads agency, said the inauguration of the bridge is part of the RTA's plans to open up those projects that are already completed in an effort to ease traffic congestion.

"The new bridge, which is part of first phase of Al Ittihad Road Upgrading Project, is one of four new bridges under construction," said Maitha. "It will have two lanes providing direct link to traffic coming from Al Quds Road passing left to join Al Ittihad Road, and this is bound to ease traffic on Abu Hail and Salahuddin Road areas. Other parts of the project will be completed over the next few months. This will ease congestion on this vital road as traffic on the existing tunnels and diverted roads in the area will continue to flow."

She said the project, which was launched at the start of 2007, is important as its target area is one of the busiest traffic hubs in Dubai and a key inter-Emirates traffic corridor, with about 10,000 vehicles going in each direction per hour. It will help to eliminate traffic jams during rush hour at certain spots, particularly at the entry and exit points of bridges.

Maitha said: "The RTA is keen to keep people informed on the progress of various road construction and upgrading projects in Dubai, which is witnessing huge urban development and population growth.

"It marks part of our efforts to realise the vision of the RTA to provide safe and smooth transport for all."