By Gavin Davids
Opening the 10 bridges would ensure free traffic movement along Emirates road.
All bridges leading to the entry and exit points of the ‘Park and Ride’ facilities of Rashidya Metro Station will be opened on July 15 2010, the executive director of the Roads and Transport Authority announced on Saturday.
Mattar Al Tayer, who is also the chairman of the board, said that the final stages of the project would include opening 10 bridges, which would ensure free traffic movement along Emirates road, for traffic inbound from Abu Dhabi, towards the station’s parking.
The project also includes improvements to the juncture of Emirates road and Al Khawaneej road, which would help streamline traffic flow inbound from Airport road, towards Al Qusais and Sharjah, as well as traffic inbound from Abu Dhabi and Jebal Ali towards al Al Khawaneej road.
Al Tayer said: “Constructing the bridges leading to the entry and exit points of Rashidya Metro Station will upgrade the efficiency of the roads network, while ensuring better flow of vehicular movement. It would also link the ‘Park and Ride’ facilities of the metro stations with road networks in Dubai, thus encouraging more people to use public transport.”
The RTA had already opened Phase 1 of the project, at an estimated cost of $190.3 million on Sept 9, 2009, to coincide with the launch of the Dubai Metro. Phase 1 comprised of the constructions of free turns connecting Emirates road and Airport road, in addition to two bridges on Al Khawaneej road to ease traffic flow from and to the Rashidya station’s parking.
The Rashidya Metro Station is one the key metro stations as it is the starting point of Dubai Metro’s Red Line. It has two entry points fitted with elevators and lifts, which help ensure the smooth transit of passengers to and from the station. Its ‘Park and Ride’ facility is capable of accommodating more than 2,750 vehicles.
Al Tayer added: “RTA will continue with the construction works on several main and arterial road projects in Dubai to ensure integrated transit systems, in the context of its strategy to provide advanced services to all residents, and provide comprehensive solutions, which ensure smooth traffic flow.”