By Sam Bridge
Traffic diversion related to works to extend Dubai Metro line to the Expo site is likely to last three months
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced it will open on Friday a traffic diversion at the intersection of Ibn Battuta Street at Discovery Gardens.
The diversion is related to works for Route 2020 to extend Dubai Metro line to the Expo site.
The detour is expected to be in place for three months until mid-April and is "critical" for the completion of Route 2020 project, said Maitha bin Adai, CEO of Traffic and Roads Agency, RTA.
He said the diversion will result in a significant improvement in the traffic flow on Ibn Battuta Street. The RTA will close the Discovery Gardens junction and transform it into an entry and exit point from the side road.
It will also turn Ibn Battuta Street into a one-way street in the direction of Al Asayel Street in the closed sector from the Discovery Gardens junction. RTA will also provide entry and exit points to serve the local community.
“Residents can use Nakheel Towers Street or Qarn Al Sabkha Street via Al Asayel Street to access their community, Sheikh Zayed Road or any other locations. Motorists heading to Sheikh Zayed Road are urged to check RTA’s social media channels for updates, and observe traffic signage in place. They are also advised to drive carefully near the project area, and plan their journeys in advance to select the best routes to their destinations,” added bin Adai.