Road closures at 5 Dubai Tram crossings in Marina, JBR
The Roads and Transport Authority has started closing some left turns and U turns at five junctions in Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) where Dubai Tram intersects with regular traffic. The closures are expected to be completed this week.
“ RTA recently conducted a comprehensive study through a specialist international consultancy firm to assess the current situation as regards the overlapping tram and vehicular traffic at six junctions at the Marina and the JBR. Based on the findings of the study, the RTA has endorsed the blocking of leftward turns and U-turns in five junctions,” said Mattar Al Tayer, Executive Director of the RTA.
The five junctions are:
The first is at the junction of Al Sayoorah Street with Al Marsa Street (Marina Street), where the U-turn will be blocked at Al Sayoorah Street.
The second is the intersection of Al Safouh Road with Al Sayoorah Street, where the leftward turn from Al Safouh Road to Al Sayoorah Street East and the U-turn of vehicles outbound from Al Safouh Road North will be blocked.
The third is at the junction of Al Safouh Road with Al Gharbi Street, where the leftward turn will be blocked for vehicles outbound from Al Safouh Road North heading towards Al Ghabri Street East, as well as the U-turn for vehicles outbound from Al Safouh Street North.
The fourth is at the junction of Al Marsa Street (Marina Street) and Al Sharta Street, where the leftward turn will be blocked for vehicles outbound from Marina Street West heading towards Al Sharta Street North, as well as the leftward turn for vehicles outbound from the Marina Street East heading towards Al Sharta Street South.
The fifth is the junction of Al Marsa Street (Marina Street) with Al Safouh Road, where the leftward turn will be blocked from Al Marsa Street to Al Safouh Road South.
“Alternative options will be in place other than the prohibited traffic movements. These include the use of nearby junctions and turns slots leading to the intended destination,” said Al Tayer.
“Vehicles impacted by these closures are limited in number and the average increase in the trip time for these vehicles does not exceed 10 minutes during peak time. Outside peak time the impact will be fairly limited,” he added.
Al Tayer called on road users, including motorists and pedestrians, to abide by the driving and traffic rules, and stick to the specified speed limit, especially on roads parallel to the tramway.
He also commended the efforts of the General HQ of the Dubai Police to ensure streamlined traffic flow and step up safety and pedestrian movement along the tramway in Dubai, besides managing the overlapping vehicular-tram movement especially at junctions with signals.
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