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RTA eyes H1 2019 to complete Dubai Tripoli Street upgrade

According to RTA director-general, the upgrade will also increase the street's intake to about 12,000 vehicles per hour in both directions

Linking Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road, the upgraded Tripoli Street will also act as a parallel street to the Airport Street. [representational image]
Linking Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road, the upgraded Tripoli Street will also act as a parallel street to the Airport Street. [representational image]

The completion rate for Dubai’s Tripoli Street Improvement Project has reached 60% with the infrastructure upgrade expected to complete and open in the first half of next year, Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority has announced.

According to UAE state news agency WAM, the 12km street linking Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road will also act as a parallel street to the Airport Street.

RTA said the project includes a widening of Tripoli Street over a 6.5km stretch between the intersection with the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, nearby Mirdif City Center, to Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Street.

READ: Phase 1 of RTA's $217m Dubai road project to be completed in Q4 2018

Mattar Al Tayer, RTA director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors, said the entire project is expected to be completed and opened in the first half of 2019, adding it would also increase the street’s intake to about 12,000 vehicles per hour in both directions and ease the traffic flow on this corridor by 30%.

He added: “The completion rate has reached 95 percent on the flyover of Tripoli and Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Streets, 40 percent on the bridge linking the Sharjah-bound Emirates Road, 50 percent in the intersection of Tripoli-Nouakchott Streets, and 10 percent in the tunnel at the intersection of Tripoli-Algiers Streets (Mirdif-Warqaa).”

Other aspects of the upgrade include improving the existing at-grade signalised junction, and transforming the intersection of Tripoli- Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Streets into a flyover.

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A three-lane bridge to serve the traffic from Tripoli Stree to Emirates Road in the direction of Sharjah will also be built, as well as a surface intersection (entry/exit) for the traffic inbound from Sharjah head to Emirates Road, Al Tayer added.

The news comes amid a flurry of RTA activity to improve Dubai’s road infrastructure.

Mid July this year saw the agency award contracts for the Al Qudra-Jebel Ali Lehbab Roads Junction, part of an effort to ease traffic flow on both Al Qudra Road and Jebel Ali Lehbab Road and provide a corridor for traffic to Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA) and Abu Dhabi, bypassing downtown areas.

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