Project will increase the capacity of Ras Al Khor Road to 10,000 vehicles per hour
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that the Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Corridor Improvement Project has reached the 75% completion mark.
According to a WAM report, the project, which extends eight kilometres along Ras Al Khor Road from the intersection of Dubai – Al Ain Road to the intersection of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, includes works such as the construction of bridges extending two kilometres, widening Ras Al Khor Road from three to four lanes in each direction, and building two-lane service roads on both sides.
“The project aims to increase the capacity of Ras Al Khor Road to 10,000 vehicles per hour, slash the travel time from 20 minutes to about seven minutes, enhance traffic safety and flow, and eliminate the existing overlapping traffic spots. The project serves a host of major development projects inhabited by 650,000 residents namely The Lagoons, Dubai Creek, Meydan Horizon, Ras Al Khor, Al Wasl, and Nad Al Hamar Complex,” said Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, RTA.
In April 2022, the RTA unveiled its five-year sustainability plan for Dubai.
“The project also includes improving the intersection of Nad Al Hamar Road with Ras Al Khor Road to enhance its capacity to 30,000 vehicles per hour by constructing a two-lane bridge extending 988m to enable free left-side turns of traffic inbound from Nad Al Hamar Road towards Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road.
“It also involves the construction of another two-lane bridge extending 115m to serve the traffic inbound from Nad Al Hamar to Ras Al Khor Road in the direction of Dubai – Al Ain Road. Works also include the construction of a two-lane tunnel extending 368m to enable right-side turns from Ras Al Khor Road to Nad Al Hamar, improving the existing intersection, and widening the existing turns,” Al Tayer added.
The project has been divided into several phases. In 2021, the RTA completed the construction of a three-lane bridge extending 740m leading to the Western entrance to Dubai Creek – Dubai Creek Harbour. The bridge connects the traffic inbound from Dubai – Al Ain Road and Al Khail Road, heading East to the Dubai Creek – Dubai Creek Harbour, with a capacity of 7,500 incoming vehicles per hour.
In May, the said it plans to extend dedicated bus and taxi lanes over a five-year period.
“The Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Corridor Improvement Project is one of the biggest undertaken by the RTA. In future, it will include the construction of Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Crossing, which is a bridge crossing over the Dubai Creek to link Al Jaddaf in Bur Dubai with the street extending between Dubai Creek Project and Dubai Festival City.”
“RTA has also constructed a new 1.5km road of four lanes in each direction along with entry and exit points to and from the newly completed areas and buildings to facilitate the movement of traffic inbound from Nad Al Hamar – Ras Al Khor Roads intersection,” Al Tayer remarked.
“The new roads and bridges network contributed to streamlining the traffic flow to the newly completed housing units at Dubai Creek by linking them with the surrounding roads. The new roads were also fitted with a lighting network of 108 streetlight poles. Work is currently underway to construct a 640-metre bridge to ensure smooth traffic movement from the Dubai Creek Harbour project towards Ras Al Khor Road with a capacity of about 3,100 vehicles per hour,” he concluded.
In July, the RTA said that the majority of construction was completed on roads across three residential districts in Al Quoz 2, Nad Al Sheba 2 and Al Barsha South 3.