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Construction of Smart Traffic Systems project in Dubai 23% complete

Expansion work on RTA's $20m Traffic Control Centre in Dubai's Al Barsha neighbourhood has passed the 26% mark as well

RTA's Traffic Control Centre in Al Barsha will be a five-storey structure.
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RTA's Traffic Control Centre in Al Barsha will be a five-storey structure.

Building works for Roads and Transport Authority's (RTA) Smart Traffic Systems Project in Al Barsha is 23% complete.

The updates came in a recent tour to the Traffic Control Centre in Al Barsha, which falls in a series of projects aimed at making mobility smarter, attended by HE Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of RTA's board of executive directors.

During his visit Al Tayer was updated on the progress of building works for an under-construction five-storey control centre, which comprises four divisions including a traffic control centre, two wings for support offices, and a reception lounge.

An attached utility building for electricity and air-conditioning units is also part of the scheme.

The project stems from the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, to rank Dubai as the smartest city in the world by expanding the scope of smart traffic systems.

Progress on the building has reached 26% completion, with work on its structure fully completed, and cladding and electromechanical works ongoing. Expansion of the Smart Trafic Systems Project is 23% complete.

The value of Al Barsha Traffic Management Centre project is $20m (AED73.5m), according to construction intelligence platform ProTenders.

Upon completion, the five-storey traffic management centre will expand the exposure of Dubai roads, from its current 11% to 60% using smart systems. The latest technology will detect accidents and bottlenecks in less time, ensuring quick responses.

The building is a part of RTA’s master project, Dubai Smart Traffic Infrastructure and Traffic Control Centre, valued at $160.6m (AED590m). This is divided into five bundles: installing traffic monitoring and data capturing systems; road signs or dynamic messages; civil works; central traffic system; and building the traffic control centre.

As part of the project, RTA will roll out Variable Messaging Signs and smart apps, which will alert commuters about road conditions, as well as improve traffic management during Expo 2020 Dubai.

On the progress of the project, Al Tayer said: “This project is part of the deliverable of the Innovation Lab (RTA Route 2030) endorsed by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.”

According to Al Tayer, the project involves upgrading and expanding Dubai’s smart traffic systems by providing an integrated infrastructure of smart traffic systems in the emirate and constructing a traffic management centre in Al Barsha.

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