Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that the company building the $196m Rashid Hospital Tunnels project has completed construction and is putting the finishing touches to the tunnels, which are set to open on June 30.
“The implementation of Rashid Hospital Tunnels Project, which costs about AED722m ($196m), is part of a master plan through which the RTA is seeking to alleviate the traffic congestion in the surroundings of Sheikh Rashid Hospital, and improve the traffic flow in the area,” said RTA chairman Mattar Al Tayer.
He added that the tunnels are expected to carry around 6,000 vehicles an hour.
The project consists of several new streets and two, dual-lane tunnels serving traffic coming from Tariq bin Ziyad & Umm Harir Streets and heading towards the intersection of Al Riyadh Street with the extension of the Floating Bridge.
The first tunnel passes from Tariq bin Ziyad Street underneath Al Maktoum Bridge. The second tunnel, inbound from Umm Harir Street, passes across Oud Metha Park. The tunnels them merge to form a four-lane street heading towards Al Riyadh Street via Rashid Hospital.
The project has also involved converting the intersection of Riyadh Street with the extension of the Floating Bridge into a four-lane passageway, widening Tariq bin Ziyad Street, improving Oud Metha & Umm Harir Streets, and building a street to handle inbound traffic from the Floating Bridge towards Tariq bin Ziyad Street.