Dubai: The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) opens a new bridge at the Airport Road-Casablanca Street intersection, near the Cargo Village building, on Friday to ease traffic flow.
The new bridge will eliminate the waiting time for motorists at the signal at the intersection of Casablanca Street.
“Upgrading the intersection of Airport Road and Casablanca Street includes the construction of an additional single-lane bridge for serving the traffic from the Airport Road heading towards Casablanca Street,” said Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA.
The project includes constructing an alternative route for motorists coming from Al Garhoud, enabling them direct access to Terminal (1) and Terminal (3) of the Dubai International Airport, added Al Tayer.
He pointed out the project also involved increasing the number of lanes of Casablanca Street in the direction of Al Garhoud from three to four.
It would ease the current congestion resulting from the overlapping traffic between vehicles heading to Casablanca intersection and those coming from Terminal (1) and heading left to Casablanca Street.
“The Improvement of the Airport Street Project is part of the RTA plan to accommodate the projected growth in the number of passengers using the Dubai International Airport, which is expected to shoot to 92 million passengers by 2020,” said Al Tayer.
He pointed out that upon completion, the project would increase the capacity of the Airport Road by an additional 5,000 vehicles per hour, enhance the traffic safety level, and ease traffic flow. On January 5, the RTA opened two bridges at the intersection of Al Rashidiya-Airport Streets, which has massively reduced the waiting time at the junction.
“Upgrading the Airport Road Project encompasses improving the intersection of Airport-Nad Al Hamar Streets through the construction of an additional two-lane bridge to serve the traffic from Nad Al Hamar Street heading towards Airport Road,” said Al Tayer.
The project will ease traffic movement on the second circular slope heading left from the Airport Road to Nad Al Hamar Street. The vehicular traffic on the first circular slope will be restricted to U-turns in the direction of Nad Al Hamar Street, said Al Tayer.
“The project also includes improving the intersection of Marrakech-Airport Streets through constructing a flyover of three lanes in each direction on Airport Road along with a ramp stretching from the bridge directly to Terminal 3 of the Dubai International Airport, thus bypassing the light signal.
“It also includes constructing a tunnel of two lanes in each direction to serve the leftward-bound traffic from Airport Road in the direction of Marrakech Street,” explained Al Tayer.
The RTA called on motorists to be attentive, observe the signals and cautionary notices at the approaches of the new bridge at the intersection of Casablanca Street (nearby the Cargo Village building), and comply with the speed limits for their safety and the safety of others.