Al Ittihad project inauguration in November

Al Ittihad Street expansion project to ease traffic flow between the two neighbouring emirates will be ready for inauguration in November, said Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

A part of the Dh830 million project, which has been open to public, has already made tremendous difference to traffic between Sharjah and Dubai, Al Tayer was quoted as saying by 'Al Khaleej' newspaper. Traffic at the Airport Intersection has decliend by 25 per cent.

The first phase of the expansion project included part of Al Ittihad Road between Al Nahda Interchange and Al Sho'lah junction. It included construction of Al Nahda Interchange and Al Qiyadah Intersection - major bottlenecks for traffic between Dubai and Sharjah.

The second phase included expansion of the road between Al Sho'lah junction and Al Garhoud Bridge.

It also included construction of a free-flow interchange on Airport Road and expansion of tunnel from the existing two lanes on each side to four lanes on each direction.

Al Tayer said the RTA opened three bridges in the first stage, and another in the second stage which helps traffic flow Al Garhoud Bridge to Dnata  intersection and Clock Tower.

The bridge of about 500 metres comprises two lanes with a capacity to handle about 96,000 vehicles per day and 4,000 per hour.

The second phase includes a tunnel to serve traffic coming from Sharjah towards Al Garhoud Bridge, which will be complete by November.

He added “the second phase witnessed the inauguration of the tunnels of the project to expand and improve the direction of Al Ittihad Street towards Al Garhoud Bridge leading to the Emirate of Sharjah, was also opened a number of tunnels under the project, respectively.

He said “he expected the end of the tunnels that serve the traffic coming from Sharjah towards Al Garhoud Bridge by mid-November. And this will increase trafic capacity to 8,000 vehicles per hour, he added.

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