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Dubai opens new project to ease Dragon Mart congestion

Transport authority RTA says Al Awir Road and Entrances of the International City Project to open on Saturday

Dubai opens new project to ease Dragon Mart congestion

Dubai's transport authority will open a new highways improvement project on Saturday, which aims to ease congestion in International City and around Dragon Mart.

Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced completion of the Improvement of Al Awir Road and Entrances of the International City Project (Phase 1).

The project has been undertaken in collaboration with Nakheel, the master developer of International City, to ease traffic after the opening of the extension of Dragon Mart.

"The opening... will contribute to the smooth flow of traffic from International City heading to Downtown Dubai. It included the construction of a bridge with an estimated capacity of 1,000 vehicles per hour, which will ease the traffic pressure on the roundabout at the junction of Al Awir and Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan streets," said Al Tayer.

"It will be easy for motorists coming from Hatta to access the Dragon Mart and the International City via Al Awir Road," he added.

The RTA is currently working on Phase 2 of the project which encompasses improvements on Al Manama Street, upgrading its intersections with Warsan (1) Street, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, and the extension of the International City Street, the main entrance of the International City.

Works also include upgrading Al Manama-Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road intersection and widening the flyover passing over Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road from three to four lanes in each direction, which will increase the capacity of the bridge from 4,500 vehicles to 6,000 vehicles per hour.

It will increase the number of lanes of slipways extending from Ras Al Khor Road to Sharjah, and from the International City to Jebel Ali and Abu Dhabi, from one lane to two lanes. This increase will double the capacity of these lanes from 800 to 1,600 vehicles per hour.

Works also include widening Al Manama Street between Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and the entrance of the International City from three to six lanes in each direction to increase the capacity by 1,500 vehicles per hour per lane.

Al Manama Street will also be widened in the sector from the entrance of the International City to the Academic City Street from two to five lanes in each direction, which will enhance the capacity of this street from 3,000 to 7,500 vehicles per hour.

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