By Shoshana Kedem
New project is part of RTA plans to cope with an influx of airport passengers, expected to rise to 92 million by 2020
Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) opened a new bridge at Marrakesh Intersection on Airport Street on Friday, as part of new plans to overhaul the road network and ease congestion in the area.
The newly completed bridge on the Marrakech intersection carries traffic flows from Airport Street towards Khawaneej, and adds a new ramp to Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 3.
A new two-lane tunnel will also be built at the intersection for traffic heading towards Marrakech Street, cutting waiting times by around 6 minutes.
The new project is part of RTA plans to cope with an influx of airport passengers, expected to rise to 92 million by 2020, a traffic study said.
The so-called $109 million (AED 404 million) ‘Airport Improvement Project’, involves the construction of four interchanges in total, that city planners hope to complete by the end of 2017.
.@RTA_Dubai opens bridge that slashes travel time from Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road to Dubai Int’l Airport to just 5 mins. instead of 30 pic.twitter.com/Q3QnHoqkSe— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) September 16, 2017
The new roadmap boosts the capacity of Airport Road by 5,000 vehicles per hour, and slashes waiting times at Marrakech Street Intersection from seven minutes to less than one.
From Friday the new flyover will take motorists on Airport Street (Marrakech Intersection) on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and Al Khawaneej Street, through the Rashidiya Intersection towards Deira.
The RTA will also stop traffic from DXB Terminal 1 going towards Deira to complete the new bridge at Casablanca Intersection (Cargo Village), with an alternative route provided through Street No. 51.
Another new road artery will built at the Airport Street-Nad Al Hamar Street Intersection, easing congestion with a two-lane bridge carrying traffic inbound from Nad Al Hamar to Airport Street.
The Marrakech-Airport Street Intersection and the Airport-Casablanca Street Intersection, will also get a new one-lane ramp for traffic from Airport Street to Casablanca Street removing the need to wait at the lights.
A new street for in-bound traffic from Al Garhoud will also be put on the map to directly access Terminal 1 and 3 of Dubai International Airport. This adds a new lane to Casablanca Street’s three lane system to Al Garhoud, bringing waiting times at Casablanca Intersection down from three minutes to one.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.