Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that 83 percent of the work on Ras Al Khor Street Improvement Project (Ex Al Awir Street) and the Entrances of the International City project has been completed. The project is being developed in coordination with International City main developer Nakheel.
RTA said that the project has been undertaken as a result of the traffic impact study for International City and Dragon Mart, especially after the expansion of Dragon Mart, and the expected growth of traffic density in the area. This is the second phase of the project and is expected to open in March.
The project includes the improvements on Al Manama Street and widening the junctions for the extension of Al Manama-Al Warsan 1 Streets (previously Nouakchott St), Al Manama Street- Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, and the International City- Al Manama Streets.
HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA said: “Improvements of junctions also include the construction of bridges and signalised junctions enabling movement in all directions, namely on Al Manama-International City Streets, Al Manama-Warsan 1 Streets, and Al Manama Street-Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road.”
Improvements on Al Manama Street- Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road include widening the flyover above Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road from three to four lanes in each direction to increase its capacity from 4500 to 6000 vehicles per hour. It also includes increasing the number of lanes in the sector from Ras Al Khor Street to Sharjah, and from International City to Jebel Ali and Abu Dhabi, from one to two lanes. The step will double the capacity of slipways from 800 to 1,600 vehicles per hour, RTA stated.
Al Manama Street will be widened in the sector between Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and the entrance of the International City from three to six lanes in each direction which will increase the street capacity by 1500 vehicles per hour per direction. It will also be widened in a sector from the entrance of International City up to Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street from two to five lanes in each direction. With this, street capacity is said to increase from 3000 vehicles per hour to 7500 vehicles per hour.
Al Manama Street junction and the entrance to the International City will be improved to a signalised junction to enable movement in all directions and a flyover of three lanes will also be constructed, RTA said, to offer free crossing of Al Manama Street. The step will increase the capacity of the street to 4500 vehicles per hour.
Phase 2 also includes improving the existing surface intersection of Al Manama with Warsan Street 1 to a signalised junction to enable movement in all directions. A two-lane flyover will be constructed to serve the traffic from Warsan Street 1 to the left in the direction of Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street, which will increase the capacity of the intersection by 3000 vehicles per hour, concluded the RTA.