RTA plans new projects to ease Dubai-Sharjah congestion

'We are working on many projects,' director general of authority says
RTA plans new projects to ease Dubai-Sharjah congestion
Peak hour travel time can reach anywhere between 60 and 90 minutes on a daily basis.
By Parag Deulgaonkar
Tue 28 Feb 2017 12:11 PM

Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority is working on new projects to ease traffic congestion between the emirate and Northern Emirates.

The announcement comes after Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed approved the awarding of $269 million (AED1 billion) road expansion programme. It includes a 5.3-kilometre extension to Tripoli road, which connects two major highways – Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road – and offers an alternative to motorists travelling from Dubai to Sharjah and vice versa.

Many UAE residents working in Dubai live in the Northern Emirates as rentals are almost 30 to 50 percent cheaper. Peak-hour travel time can reach anywhere between 60 to 90 minutes on a daily basis.

“The new project will not entirely solve the traffic issue between Dubai and Northern Emirates, but it will ease congestion,” said Mattar Al Tayer, director general and chairman of RTA.

“We are working on many new projects, which will be unveiled over time,” he said without giving further details.

In August 2016, the Sharjah Roads and Transport Authority (SRTA) opened a three-kilometre road adjacent to the Dubai border to ease traffic congestion in Industrial Areas 15 and 17.

Yusuf Al Suwaihi, Chairman of the Sharjah Roads and Transport Authority, said the twin road starts the Sharjah English School, passes by Institutes (Maahed) Land, and ends at the Oudh Rakan Bridge on Maliha road.

Kumar Raina, who lives on Al Khan Street in Sharjah, said he spends more than two hours travelling every day from Sharjah to Dubai.

“On Sunday, it took me over 90 minutes to reach home, as there were many accidents due to the rain. It is a nightmare but there is no option. It is good to know that Dubai is working on projects to ease the traffic issue,” he said.

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