RTA has awarded a $52 million (AED191m) contract for the improvement of Al Awir Road and entrances to International City (First Stage) to ease traffic in the area, it said in a statement.
"This project is undertaken in collaboration with Nakheel Company, the main developer of the International City,” said HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA.
“This project is in the light of findings of the Traffic Impacts Study of the International City and the Dragon Mart area, especially after the opening of the Dragon Mart extension, and the anticipated snarls in the area.”
According to Al Tayer, there is currently only one main entrance shared by residents of International City and visitors from Dragon Mart, resulting in tailbacks during peak traffic hours.
RTA provided an additional signalised entry and exit point at Al Manama Road in the past that has eased the traffic flow at the Main Entrance off Al Awir Road. This improvement project, which covers Al Awir Road, Nouakchott Road, and the International City at Al Warsan in Dubai, would enhance the intake of roads network, and ease the flow of traffic within the International City.
Improvements include a 2-lane flyover constructed at the juncture of Nouakchott & Al Awir Roads to ensure a free traffic movement for the traffic inbound from Nouakchott Road and outbound to Al Awir Road westward.
A turning point will be provided for motorists coming from Al Awir Road heading to the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road.
The project also includes the construction of a service road in both directions of Al Awir Road to ensure a smooth traffic movement running separately from International City, Dragon Mart and Al Warqaa District.
"The project also encompasses the widening of Nouakchott Road in both directions from one to two lanes, including modifications of junctions along Nouakchott Road. A signalized junction would be added to provide a perfect access to the International City, besides transforming the existing Treatment Plant R/A into a junction including providing a turn to the Treatment Plant," concluded Al Tayer.