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Rashid Hospital tunnels project 80% complete - RTA

on Jan 7, 2013

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Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority has said that 80% of construction work on the $196.6m (AED: 722m) Rashid Hospital Tunnels project is now complete.

The project, which consist of a pair of two-lane tunnels across the creek, are aimed at reducing congestion in the Bur Dubai area. Both serve inbound traffic from Tariq bin Ziyad and Umm Harir streets towards the intersection of Al Riyadh St and the floating bridge.

They are set to complete and open for traffic by June 30, when they will have a capacity to handle 6,000 vehicles an hour.
The first of the two-lane tunnels passes from Tariq bin Ziyad St underneath Al Maktoum bridge and the second arrives from Umm Harir St across Oud Metha Park.

They then merge to form a four-lane passsageway widening Tariq bin Ziyad St.

RTA chairman Mattar Al Tayer said: "The construction of Rashid Hospital Tunnels Project is part of a master plan aimed to ease the traffic congestion in the vicinity of Rashid Hospital and step up the traffic flow in the area.

"The project contractor has completed all infrastructure works related to Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, sewage services and Etisalat as well as the construction works in vehicular and pedestrian tunnels, and the electromechanical works in the tunnels," he added.

Al Tayer said that the RTA was carrying out improvements on several main roads as part of ongoing efforts to keep pace with urbanisation in Dubai.