May 09 2020
37% of Khawaneej Roads improvements completed
(Works include three main junctions and service roads extending 23 km along Al Khawneej and Al Amardi Streets)
His Excellency Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), announced that completion rate at Khawaneej Roads Improvement Project reached 37%. The project comprises the construction of three main interchanges as well as service roads extending 23 km along Khawaneej and Al Amardi Street.
Al Tayer made this statement following a virtual tour during which he watched visuals showing work progress at various sites. Works completed included improvements of the surface intersection between Al Khawaneej and Al Amardi Street and intersections of Algeria Street at Al Warqaa nearby Uptown Mirdif and Shorooq and Ghoroob Mirdif. Completion rate reached 39% in the tunnel of Al Khawaneej , and 15% in the bridge leading to Al Aweer
“Al Khawaneej Roads Improvement Project is one the most important strategic projects to improve the link between Dubai and Sharjah through the vertical roads linking Emirates and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed roads to the Airport Road, and aims to accommodate the current and projected growth in traffic volumes over the next years.
“Upon completion, the project will contribute to reducing the trip duration from Emirates Road to Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road from 25 minutes to 9 minutes and cutting transit time at the intersection of Al Khawaneej Street with Sheikh Zayed Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street (Al Khawaneej Roundabout) from 330 seconds to 45 seconds. It will also increase the capacity of the intersection from 8,000 vehicles to 16,000 vehicles per hour. It will also cut the transit time on Al Khawaneej and Al Amardi Streets, by converting the roundabout into a surface intersection from 120 seconds to 60 seconds.
“The project covers the construction of a 680 m underpass of three lanes in each direction at the intersection of Al Khawaneej Street and Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street, and a surface signalized junction to streamline the traffic flow on Al Khawaneej Street The existing R/A at the intersection of Al Khawaneej-Amardi Street will be upgraded to a signalized junction. It also included improvements of the intersection of Al Amardi and Emirates Roads through the construction of a 201 m flyover of 2-lanes in each direction crossing over the Emirates Road in the direction of Aweer.
“Additionally, a footbridge will be constructed on Al Khawaneej Street, near Arabian Center, to ease pedestrians’ movement. Service roads extending 23 km will be constructed along Al Khawaneej and Al Amardi Streets, and three intersections with Algeria Street will be upgraded to signalized junctions. The project includes associated works such as streetlights, rainwater drainage, traffic signs, road marking, and road safety works,” elaborated Al Tayer.
“The improvement of Al Khawaneej Street follows the opening of all phases of the Airport Road Improvement Project encompassing four junctions at Rashidiya, Nad Al Hamar, Marrakech, and Casablanca. The project had significantly improved the traffic flow, saved transit time, and eased traffic congestion generated by overlapping vehicular traffic.
“It also follows the opening of Tripoli Road Improvement Project extending 12 km linking the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road. It also eased tailbacks, improved access to Warqaa and Mirdif via Tripoli Street, and enhance the safety level of the entire corridor.