A new highway project has promised to massively slash travel times between Dubai and Sharjah, bringing good news to the huge number of commuters who travel between the emirates on a daily basis.
Notably, the infrastructure project is designed to cut the time it takes to travel 12km between Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road to just eight minutes.
The Tripoli Street project, which runs through Garhoud and Al Warqa, parallel to Al Khawaneej Street, connects Tripoli Street with a number of different major junctions and roads, allowing faster access to Sharjah.
Furthermore, a number of intersections have been developed to help ease traffic flow and congestion, and according to His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, director general and chairman of the RTA, will help improve safety and increase the volume and movement of traffic.
“It will improve traffic safety along the corridor, and increase the traffic flor to about 12,000 vehicles per hour in both directions – 6,000 vehicles per hour per direction. It will reduce the transit time between Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road to Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahya Road by 64% from 11 to 4.5 minutes.”
Dubai-Sharjah road project
Notably, The project includes the widening of Tripoli St. over a 6.5km stretch from the intersection with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road (near Mirdif City Centre) up to Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street.
It also includes the construction of a new 5.3km long street of three lanes in each direction from the intersection of Tripoli-Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Streets up to Emirates Road.
The Tripoli-Algeria Streets junction will be upgraded to a tunnel of three lanes in each direction while the existing intersection will be changed to a signalised junction.
“The completion of these works will cut the waiting time at the intersection from three minutes to less than a minute,” said Al Tayer. Moreover, the project also includes upgrading the existing roundabout at the intersection of Tripoli- Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Streets into a flyover to ensure free movement of vehicles in all directions.
It also covers the construction of collector roads to serve the turn movements, two underpasses for camel crossings and widening the camel crossing No (3) at Emirates Road.
Works also include constructing a three-lane bridge to serve the traffic inbound from Tripoli St. to Emirates Road in the direction of Sharjah, widening Tripoli Road at several locations along with improvements at Bel Remaitha Club and two signalised junctions to replace existing roundabouts at Muhaisina.
Three lane Bridge!
However, the RTA will also build a three-lane bridge to serve the traffic from Tripoli St. to Emirates Road in the direction of Sharjah, and a surface intersection for the traffic inbound from Sharjah heading to Emirates Road.
“Work is progressing at a fast pace in the project. The contractor has completed the extension of Tripoli St. from the intersection with Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan St. up to Emirates Road and the bridge linking the extension of Tripoli St. with the Emirates Road in the direction of Sharjah,” said Al Tayer.
“Works were also completed in the flyover between Tripoli St. and Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street. Completion rate has reached 92 per cent in the bridge at the intersection of Tripoli-Nouakchott Streets, and 75 per cent in the tunnel at the intersection of Tripoli-Algeria Streets (Mirdif-Warqaa),” he said.
In brief, the RTA is currently carrying out a five-year internal roads plan (2019-2023) which covers the construction of internal roads in several residential districts across Dubai.