The Roads and Transports Authority, RTA, will open Phase II of the Traffic Diversion Project stretching from Sheikh Khalifa Street in the direction of the Dubai World Trade Centre R/A and vice versa.
It also runs from Al Garhoud in the direction of Al Mina through Sheikh Rashid Street and vice versa. These diversions, which extend 4 kilometres, maintain the same number of existing lanes to ensure a smooth flow of traffic without adversely affecting the current traffic volume, and avoid potential congestion.
An integrated plan had been prepared for the existing traffic diversions in both directions of Sheikh Rashid and Sheikh Khalifa streets. The overall objective is to safeguard the safety of road users and ensure a smooth flow of traffic. The diversion is expected to remain in place until late April 2018.
The working area will be completely separated to minimise the inconvenience caused to road users and residents of neighbouring areas. The engineering design of the temporary traffic diversions conforms to the specifications of permanent roads in terms of engineering design standards and adequate lighting, according to the design speed of the road to ensure the safety of road users.
A surface signalised junction will be installed at the intersection for all directions along with U-turns to ensure the safe movement of traffic on the Sheikh Khalifa and Sheikh Rashid streets until the completion of the project. It will help streamline traffic movement at the intersection of Sheikh Rashid Street and Sheikh Khalifa Street.
The construction is in progress and most of the bridge and tunnel works have been completed. The project includes the construction of a two-lane flyover in each direction on Sheikh Khalifa Street for those heading to and from Al Karama without having to wait for the light signal. Works include the construction of a four-lane tunnel to serve traffic to and from Port Rashid through Sheikh Rashid Street and a one-lane bridge, which was completed in the early stages of the project, to ensure free traffic movement from Zabeel Street to Sheikh Rashid Street in the direction of the west (Al Mina).
The construction of this intersection represents the first phase of projects that the RTA intends to construct on the Al Shandagha roads network. It is part of the integrated study and plan charted by the RTA to accommodate the expected increase in the number of vehicles, which will contribute to solving the congestion issue at the intersection.
The RTA calls upon road users to abide by the traffic laws, follow the signals and cautionary signs, and adhere to the speed limit to ensure safe and smooth transport for all.