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Dubai: The Tripoli Street Improvement Project has reached a 60 per cent completion rate, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai announced on Saturday.

It comes in line with the directives of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to speed up the implementation of the Five-Year Roads and Transport Plan.

Saturday’s announcement was made by Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors of RTA.

“The 12km-long street linking Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road will act as a parallel street to the Airport Road. The project is expected to be completed and opened in full in the first half of 2019,” said Al Tayer.

“It will increase the street’s intake to about 12,000 vehicles per hour in both directions [6,000 vehicles per hour, in each direction] and ease the traffic flow on this corridor by 30 per cent. On completion, the project will act as a parallel to Al Amardi–Al Khawaneej Streets as well as Al Awir-Ras Al Khor Streets.”

He added: “Work is progressing well and the extension of Tripoli St [from Shaikh Zayed Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan St. to Emirates Road] has exceeded a 90 per cent completion rate.

"It’s 95 per cent for the flyover of Tripoli and Shaikh Zayed Bin Hamdan Streets, 40 per cent in the bridge linking with Sharjah-bound Emirates Road, 50 per cent in the intersection of Tripoli-Nouakchott Streets, and 10 per cent in the tunnel at the intersection of Tripoli-Algiers Streets [Mirdif-Warqaa].”

Project Components

Al Tayer said the project includes the widening of Tripoli Street over a 6.5km stretch, from the intersection with the Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road [near Mirdif City Centre] up to the Shaikh Zayed Bin Hamdan Street.

12-km length

It also includes the construction of a new 5.3km-long road of three lanes in each direction from the intersection of Tripoli-Shaikh Zayed Bin Hamdan Streets up to the Emirates Road.

Thus, the overall length of the street will be around 12km.

The project also covers the development of interchanges across the street, starting with the upgrading the junction of Tripoli-Algiers Streets to a tunnel of three lanes in each direction to serve the traffic flow inbound from Al Rabat St heading to Tripoli St, besides upgrading the current at-grade signalised intersection.

With the completion of these works, the waiting time at the existing intersection is expected to drop from three minutes to less than one minute.

The project also includes upgrading the existing roundabout at the intersection of Tripoli-Nouakchott streets to a bridge of three lanes in each direction.

It also includes improving the existing at-grade signalised junction, and transforming the intersection of Tripoli-Shaikh Zayed Bin Hamdan Streets into a flyover to ensure a smooth traffic flow in all directions, in addition to the construction of collector roads to serve turn movements and widening the camel underpass No. 3 on Emirates Road.

Moreover, it includes widening the Tripoli St and improvements nearby Bel Remaitha Club and two signalised junctions to replace the existing roundabouts at Muhaisnah. The project also includes the construction of a three-lane bridge to serve the traffic from Tripoli St to Emirates Road in the direction of Sharjah, and a surface intersection [entry/exit] for the traffic inbound from Sharjah heading to Emirates Road.