$133m Dubai airport road works 30% complete
The $133m (AED490m) airport road construction works to improve Dubai Airport’s logistics are 30% complete, according to Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).
The development is part of a plan set by RTA to accommodate the projected growth in the number of passengers using the Dubai International Airport, which is expected to shoot to 92 million passengers by 2020.
Mattar Al Tayer, director general and chairman of the board of executive directors of RTA, said that the road works comprise the construction of bridges, a tunnel at the intersection of Marrakech, and bridges at the intersection of Rashidiya.
It also includes the construction of bridges at the intersections of the airport road with Casablanca Road and Nad Al Hamar Road, state news agency, WAM reported.
The project is also said to improve at-grade intersections, and involves constructing a service road of three lanes in each direction to separate the traffic movement to and from Nad Al Hamar Road from the vehicular flow on the Airport Road starting from Rashidiya Intersection up to Marrakech Intersection.
“The project would contribute to increasing the capacity of the airport road by an additional 5,000 vehicles per hour.
“It would also enhance the traffic safety level and reduce the journey time on the airport road from Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road to Casablanca Road from 30 minutes to 5 minutes.
“The improvement of Rashidiya Intersection comprises the construction of a bridge on the airport road of three lanes in each direction; which is expected to slash the waiting time at the interchange from 13 minutes to less than one minute," commented Al Tayer.
Al Tayer added: "The upgrading of the Airport –Nad Al Hamar Roads junction encompasses the construction of an additional bridge of two lanes in each direction to serve the traffic coming from Nad Al Hamar Road heading towards the Airport Road.
The project will ease the current snarls resulting from the overlapping traffic at Nad Al Hamar Intersection between the first circular left-bound slope stretching from Nad Al Hamar Road to the Airport Road.
“The second left-bound circular slope extends from the Airport Road to Nad Al Hamar Road. The vehicular traffic on the first circular slope would be restricted to U-turns in the direction of Nad Al Hamar Road.”
"The improvement of Marrakech-Airport Roads junction also includes the construction of a flyover of three lanes in each direction on the Airport Road along with a ramp stretching from the bridge directly to Terminal three of Dubai International Airport, thus eliminating the waiting at the light signal.
“A tunnel of two lanes in each direction is under construction to serve the leftward-bound traffic movement from the Airport Road to the direction of Marrakech Road, which reduces the waiting time at the junction from seven minutes to less than one minute,” he noted, according to Construction Week Online.