RTA says first half of project to be ready by December 2017
Work on the Airport Street project covering Rashidiya and Casablanca Intersections in Dubai is progressing well, with almost 50% of the project ready. Phase two of the project, covering Nad Al Hamar and Marrakech Intersections, has reached 40%, a government official has said.
The $110 million development is due to be completed in the first half of 2018, said Mattar Al Tayer, the director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).
Al Tayer added that the work is in full swing, with phase one of the Airport Street project likely to be opened in December 2017, while the entire project will be ready in the first half of 2018.
“Works completed so far included Al Khawaneej-bound bridge at Al Rashidiya Intersection and one out of five bridges at Marrakech Intersection in the same direction,” noted Al Tayer, speaking after an inspection of the project.
“Works in a tunnel at Marrakech Intersection will start this July. The progress in construction works has reached 70% in the flyover at Nad Al Hamar Intersection, whereas completion rate in the flyover at Casablanca Intersection has reached 50%.
According to him, the scope of work includes the construction of bridges, a tunnel at Marrakech Intersection, and bridges at Rashidiya Intersection as well as the Airport St. junctions with Casablanca St. and Nad Al Hamar St.
It also includes improving at-grade intersections, and constructing a service road of 3 lanes in each direction to separate the traffic movement from and to Nad Al Hamar St. from the traffic on the Airport St. starting from Rashidiya Intersection up to Marrakech Intersection, stated Al Tayer.
On completion, the project will help boost the capacity of the Airport St. by an additional 5,000 vehicles per hour besides enhancing the traffic safety level, and reducing the transit time on the Airport St. from Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road to Casablanca St. from 30 minutes to 5 minutes, he added.
Al Tayer said the road improvements are part of the RTA’s plans to accommodate the projected growth in the number of passengers using Dubai International Airport.
“Thus, the traffic study highlighted the importance of finalising the Improvement of the Airport St. Project by the end of 2017,” he added.