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RTA to open new access to Dubai Mall by year-end

Construction of $48m bridge linking Al Khail Rd and Financial Centre Rd undertaken in collaboration with Emaar Properties

RTA to open new access to Dubai Mall by year-end
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A new access bridge to Dubai Mall is set to open by the end of this year, according to Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

Mattar Al Tayer, RTA director-general and chairman said the $48m (AED177m) bridge, which links Al Khail Road and Financial Centre Road, is over 90% completed.

The new bridge, which is being undertaken by RTA in coordination with Emaar Properties, is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

The bridge consists of two lanes in one direction stretching just over 1.2 kilometres and is built on individual pillars and crosses over the Dubai Water Canal.

During a recent site visit, Al Tayer was briefed on the project, which starts from the intersection of Ras Al Khor Road and Al Khail Road with the aim of easing and routing the traffic movement.

The existing road will be widened by adding two lanes in a 480 metre-long sector to ensure a smooth traffic flow from the intersection of the Dubai-Al Ain Road at Al Khail Road and along the Upper Deck of the Financial Centre Road. An entry point will also be provided to the parking terminal of the Dubai Mall expansion project.

The RTA said the project will ease the traffic flow along the Financial Centre Road as well as the surface intersections by reducing the vehicular density on the intersections leading to the Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard. It will also increase the capacity of the road to as many as 4,500 vehicles during peak hours.

The RTA said the project is vital to accommodate Emaar’s massive expansion of the Dubai Mall, which includes the construction of a Fashion Avenue beside the existing mall involving the addition of 75,000 square metres, as well as 25,000 thousand square metres additional car parking space.

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