Dubai authorities considering contraflow highways

Increasing pressure on city roads presses officials to look at traffic easing measures

Eng. Anwaar Al Shimmari, the MoPW's director of the projects planning department
Eng. Anwaar Al Shimmari, the MoPW's director of the projects planning department
NEWS, Business, Anwaar Al Shimmari, Ministry of Public Works

The UAE's Ministry of Public Works (MoPW) intends to launch a study this year to look at introducing a reversible lanes concept on the federal highways to ease traffic congestion.

Eng. Anwaar Al Shimmari, the MoPW's director of the projects planning department, said the authority hopes to appoint a consultant to undertake a feasibility study.

Addressing delegates at the Construction Week UAE Infrastructure Summit in Dubai today (Wednesday), Al Shimmari said the country needs more than 10 additional lanes to link between the Northern Emirates and Abu Dhabi and Dubai to accommodate current traffic flows.

She said the reversible lanes idea would complement building extra lanes as it would involve utilising existing raods infrastructure rather than soaking up land that could be set aside for other uses.

“We will be appointing a consultant to study the feasibility of introducing reversible lanes idea. Either by utilising the existing infrastructure or by introducing super structure – like continuous bridges – within the existing right of way,” said Al Shimmari.

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