A traffic light surface intersection will replace the roundabout on the road as part of various improvements Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai today announced the completion of 85 per cent of the Al Meydan Street Improvement Project, extending from the Al Khail Street intersection to the Cyclists Club.

Works involved widening the street’s capacity from two to three lanes as a minimum, replacing Al Meydan Roundabout with a T-shaped signalised surface intersection, and transforming Al Quoz Roundabout into an extended street along the route.

Through continuous improvements of Dubai’s infrastructure, RTA aims to enhance road efficiency to match urban growth and support the emirate’s sustainable development, thus ensuring smooth vehicular movement on Dubai’s roads.

“The recent improvement works aimed to reduce the travel time on Al Meydan Street from eight minutes to just one minute during the morning period and from seven minutes to less than one minute in the evening. Moreover, congestion at intersections is expected to drop significantly by 93.3 per cent in average,” said Hamad Al Shehhi, Director of Roads, Traffic and Roads Agency, RTA.

Upcoming phase

“The upcoming phase of the Al Meydan Street Improvement Project includes modifying entrances and exits of the Mohammed Bin Rashid City for a better traffic flow in the area. Additionally, landscaping works are planned at the new Al Meydan intersection. The entire project is expected to be completed by the beginning of the second quarter of 2024.”

Bicycle lanes

RTA inaugurated a tunnel for bicycle lanes in Al Meydan area, measuring 160 meters in length and 6.6 meters in width, with a capacity to accommodate around 800 bicycles per hour. The transformation of the surface intersection of the cycling track into a tunnel has facilitated free and continuous movement on Al Meydan lane, reducing waiting times for cyclists due to the elimination of the surface intersection. This serves cyclists by connecting development projects in Al Meydan area to Nad Al Sheba and the Cyclists Club through the dedicated cycling track.