Rashid Hospital Tunnel project reaches 96% completion

Project comprises of construction of roads and two tunnels to help ease traffic congestion

The Rashid Hospital tunnel is 96% complete, the RTA says.

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The completion rate for the Rashid Hospital Tunnels project has reached 96%, a senior official from Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority said on Sunday.

The project comprises of the construction of roads and two tunnels to serve the traffic inbound from Tariq Bin Ziyad Road and Umm Hurair Road, in the direction of Riyadh Road and the extension of the Floating Bridge.

“The first tunnel comprises of two lanes inbound from Tariq bin Ziyad Road passing beneath Al Maktoum Bridge, and the second tunnel also comprises of two lanes crossing Oud Metha Park. The two lanes converge to form a 4-lane tunnel in the direction of Riyadh Road via Rashid Hospital,” said Engineer Maitha bin Udai, CEO of RTA Traffic and Roads Agency.

“The Project is conceived in the context of RTA Master Projects Plan aimed at easing the traffic congestion in the vicinity of Rashid Hospital and the Dubai Media Inc. to the extent of handling 6,000 vehicles per hour,” she added.

She confirmed the completion of infrastructure works related to utility services in the project such as DEWA lines, sewage services, telecommunication networks, and storm-water drainage system in addition to construction works of vehicle and pedestrian tunnels. Maitha explained that completion rate reached 90% in the electromechanical works in the tunnels, and 95% in roads, light signals and street lighting works, adding that the project is set for final completion and full opening for traffic in the mid of this year.

“The RTA has completed a number of projects in Bur Dubai to ease traffic snarls and enhancing roads capacity to cope up with the growth and urban expansion,” said the CEO of RTA Traffic ‘&’ Roads Agency. She concluded by stressing RTA’s attention to upgrading the infrastructure of Dubai Emirate through undertaking a number of vital projects and related service improvement plans.

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