Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has opened the initial phase of Latifa bint Hamdan Street and Umm Al Sheef Street.
Phase II of the project will be opened in the first quarter of 2019.
The project has a cost is AED800 million and links Jumeirah with Al Khail Road and Parallel Roads (First Al Khail Road, and Al Asayel Street) through a network of bridges extending 7.4 km.
HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA highlighted the strategic objectives of the Project: “The aim of this Project is to enhance the roads network extending east-west and link them with the main roads such as Sheikh Zayed Road, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road.
“It also supports the urban and economic upswing in the surrounding areas, besides reducing the traffic density on Al Wasl Street by 10% in the sector between Al Manara and Al Hadeeqa Streets.
“It also serves the new urban developments such as Dubai Hills, Meydan, Al Khail Gate and Dubailand. It serves residential communities such as Umm Suqeim, Jumeirah, Al Wasl, and Al Qouz Residential Area.”
The Project features two-level bridges extending 7.4 km, including a bridge crossing over Dubai Metro Red Line.
The bridges will reduce the transit time on Latifa bint Hamdan Street between the Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road from 12 minutes to 4 minutes. It will also ease the movement of trucks from and to Al Qouz Industrial Area.
The project will serve eight urban development projects by 2020, and ten others by 2030. It will also serve four residential districts by 2020 and four others by 2030.
About 680,000 people will benefit from the Project by 2020, and the number of beneficiaries will rise to 1.2 m by 2030.
The Project will serve five industrial areas by 2020 and five others by 2030.
About 3,700,000 workers will benefit from the project by 2020, and the number will rise to 724 thousand by 2030.