Many people travel between Dubai and Sharjah everyday, for work as well as for leisure purposes. As a result, traffic can build up quite frequently. Fortunately, there’s a new road that aims to reduce traffic between the two emirates, and its going to open soon!
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You heard that right! This coming June, we can expect the Tripoli Street Improvement Project to be completed. The 12-kilometre road, which connects Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road, also runs parallel to the recently re-opened Airport Street.
Tripoli Street Improvement Project Now 90% Complete
On Saturday, May 25, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced that 90 percent of the Tripoli Street Improvement Project has been completed. Hence, the new road is set to open to the public by next month, WAM News Agency reported.
The project, which is part of a 5-year Roads and Transport plan, falls under the directives of the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
According to the Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA, Mattar Al Tayer, the Tripoli Street Improvement Project aims to:
- Reduce traffic volumes by 30 percent
- Enhance the link between Dubai and Sharjah
- Ease traffic and streamline access to Warqaa and Mirdif districts
- Increase traffic flow to about 12,000 vehicle per hour in both directions
- Act as parallel road to Al Amardi – Al Khawaneej and Al Awir – Ras Al Khor traffic corridors
- Improve traffic safety at intersections with Rabat and Nad Al Hamar Streets near Bel Remaitha Club
“The contractor has completed the extension of Tripoli Street from the intersection with Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street up to Emirates Road and the bridge linking the extension of Tripoli Street with the Emirates Road in the direction of Sharjah,” Al Tayer said.
“Work was also completed on the flyover between Tripoli St. and Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan St. Completion rate has reached 92 percent in the bridge at the intersection of Tripoli-Nouakchott Sts., and 75 percent in the tunnel at the intersection of Tripoli-Algeria Sts. (Mirdif-Warqaa),” he explained.
Al Tayer added that the project includes the widening of Tripoli St. over a 6.5-kilometre stretch from the intersection with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, up to Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan St. It also involves the construction of a new, six-lane, 5.3 km-long street from the intersection of Tripoli – Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Sts, up to Emirates Road. Hence, the entire project covers about 12 kilometres.
“The project covers improvement of interchanges starting with upgrading the junction of Tripoli-Algeria Sts. to a tunnel of three lanes in each direction to serve the inbound traffic from Rabat St. heading to Tripoli St., besides upgrading the existing intersection to a signalized junction,” he continued. “The completion of these works will cut the waiting time at the intersection from three minutes to less than a minute.”
Al Tayer also shared that the project includes: upgrading the roundabout at the intersection of Tripoli – Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Streets; widening Camel Crossing No (3) at Emirates Road; constructing a 3-lane bridge to serve the inbound traffic from Tripoli Street to Emirates Road in the direction of Sharjah; and widening Tripoli Street at several locations.
All of these road constructions and improvements will surely ease traffic and enhance transportation between the two emirates. So if you are based in Dubai, take note of these places to visit in Sharjah, since traveling to this emirate is about to get much easier!