Just recently, Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has inaugurated the first phase of Latifa Bint Hamdan Street and Umm Al Sheef Street, which is a $218 million (AED 800 million) road project.
In a statement, the RTA said that the second phase of the project will be inaugurated in the first quarter of next year in efforts to link Jumeirah with Al Khail Road and Parallel Roads (First Al Khail Road, and Al Asayel Street) through a network of bridges which extend 7.4 km. The project is set to serve eight urban development projects by 2020 and 10 others by 2030. Additionally, it will serve four residential districts by 2020 and four others by 2030.
The RTA noted that around 680,00 people will benefit from the project by 2020, escalating to 1.2 million by 2030 while around 370,000 industrial workers will benefit from the project by 2020, increasing to 724,000 by 2030.
According to Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the RTA, the goal of the project is to improve the roads network extending east-west and to link them with the main roads such as Sheikh Zayed Road, Emirates Road, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road.
The project is also aimed at reducing the traffic density on Al Wasl Street by 10 percent in the sector between Al Hadeeqa and Al Manasa Streets. Moreover, it will serve the new urban developments such as Meydan, Dubai Hills, Dubailand, and Al Khail Gate.
The project features two-level bridges that extend 7.4 km, including a bridge crossing over Dubai Metro Red Line. These are designed to reduce the transit time on Latifa bint Hamdan Street between Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road from 12 minutes to 4 minutes as well as to ease the movement of trucks from and to Al Quoz Industrial Area.