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Tunnel linking Dubai's Airport and Marrakech Streets set to open

RTA will open a two-lane tunnel for people travelling between Airport Street and Marrakech Street in a bid to ease school traffic

A new tunnel linking the Airport and Marrakech Streets is expected to ease school traffic in Dubai.
A new tunnel linking the Airport and Marrakech Streets is expected to ease school traffic in Dubai.

A two-lane tunnel connecting Airport Street and Marrakech Street will open for public use on Friday, 20 July, Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said.

Located in a heavily populated area with nearby schools, public and private establishments, the tunnel will ease traffic congestion in the neighbourhood.

RTA's multi-phase road improvement project for Airport Street and Marrakech Street included construction of two six-lane bridges, a ramp leading to Dubai International Airport Terminal 3, and a bridge to help drivers reach the Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects office.

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"Over several phases, RTA opened all bridges of the four junctions of Airport Street," explained RTA’s director of roads at the Traffic and Roads Agency, Nabeel Mohammed Salih.

"The first, Al Rashidiya Junction, included the construction of two bridges of three lanes in each direction on Airport Street. The second was the Airport-Nad Al Hamar Streets Junction, which involved the construction of a two-lane ramp to serve the traffic from Nad Al Hamar Street to Airport Street."

A single-lane ramp to serve traffic travelling from Airport Street to Casablanca Street was built for the road improvements. A street for inbound traffic coming from Al Garhoud Street was built to allow direct access to Terminal 1 and 3, and the lanes from Casablanca Street to Al Garhoud Street were increased from three to four.

Salih said the work had "considerably reduced the total waiting time at Casablanca junction".

RTA is hard at work to renovate and improve Dubai's road network. and has numerous projects under way at the moment. Its efforts to improve the emirate's highways recently attracted praise from master developer Nakheel, which thanked the authority for its collaboration on a $108m (AED400m) multi-phase highway expansion at International City.

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