New highways project to cut Dubai-Sharjah travel times
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is set to open a key highways project on Wednesday which will cut transit times for motorists travelling between Dubai and Sharjah.
The Tripoli Road Improvement Project will cut the transit time of the 12km distance between Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road to just about 8 minutes.
The project stretches 6.5km from Tripoli-Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road junction to Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Road and extends further about 5.3km up to Emirates Road in three lanes in each direction.
Improvement works included upgrading intersections along the corridor, which provides a key traffic corridor parallel to Al Amardi-Al Khawaneej Streets as well as Al Awir-Ras Al Khor Roads.
Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the RTA, said he was delighted with the opening of the project.
He said the project will enhance the link between Dubai and Sharjah, ease the traffic flow in the area, and streamline the access to Al Warqaa and Mirdif districts.
“It will improve traffic safety along the corridor, and increase the traffic flow to about 12,000 vehicles per hour in both directions. It will reduce the transit time between Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road to Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Road by 64 percent from 11 to 4.5 minutes," he added.
“The project will channel about 2,000 vehicles every hour during peak time from Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road to Emirates Road that will reduce the traffic volumes on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road by 10 percent. This will translate into reducing the trip to the entrance of Sharjah to 12 minutes, and cutting the waiting time at the intersection of Tripoli-Algiers Streets (Al Warqaa-Mirdif) from three minutes to less than a minute."