Dubai to open $196m tunnels project
Dubai, June 19, 2013
The Dubai Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) said all the work related to the Dh722 million ($196 million) Rashid Hospital Tunnels Project has been completed and the tunnel will be ready for full opening on June 30.
RTA said the project contractor is currently giving the finishing touches to the project
The project involves the construction of several streets and two tunnels, each comprising two lanes, to serve the traffic coming from Tariq bin Ziyad & Umm Harir Streets and heading towards the intersection of Al Riyadh Street with the extension of the Floating Bridge.
The first tunnel passes from Tariq bin Ziyad Street underneath Al Maktoum Bridge, and the other one; which is inbound from Umm Harir Street, passes across Oud Metha Park, and the two tunnels merge to form a 4-lane street heading towards Al Riyadh Street via Rashid Hospital, said a statement from RTA.
Commenting on the launch, Mattar Al Tayer, the chairman of the board and executive director of the RTA, said: "The implementation of Rashid Hospital Tunnels Project is part of a master plan through which the RTA is seeking to alleviate the traffic congestion in the surroundings of Sheikh Rashid Hospital, and improve the traffic flow in the area."
"Accordingly, the intake of roads within the project realms is set to increase upon the project completion to as much as 6000 vehicles per hour," he stated.
"The project also encompasses converting the intersection of Riyadh Street with the extension of the Floating Bridge into a 4-lane passageway, widening Tariq bin Ziyad Street, improving Oud Metha & Umm Harir Streets, and constructing a street to handle the traffic inbound from the Floating Bridge and heading towards Tariq bin Ziyad Street," added Al Tayer.-TradeArabia News Service