HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), announced that 65 per cent of construction works in Wafi Interchange had been completed and the project would be fully completed and opened by end of April 2016.
The project, which costs about AED88 million, comprises the construction of a three-lane bridge branching from Oud Metha Road (nearby Latifa Hospital) in the direction of the Sheikh Rashid Road, and from there to the Sheikh Zayed Road and Al-Saada Road (through the overpass leading to the Dubai World Trade Center). The new bridge spans 700 meters, and has a capacity to handle 3300 vehicles per hour. Project works also include lighting, signage, rainwater drainage, and utility lines.
“The construction of Wafi Interchange is part of RTA’s strategy to improve & upgrade main roads network in the Emirate of Dubai, and Wafi Interchange is very important as it links with main roads, and intersects with the Sheikh Rashid Road and the Oud Metha Road. The Interchange is also characterized by high vehicles density, with traffic lanes overlapping with the curves of the interchange,” stated Al Tayer.
“When completed, the project would eliminate the overlapping traffic at the interchange, and ensure a smooth vehicular movement in various directions. The traffic would run smooth from Oud Metha Road in the direction of Al Ain to the East and from Sheikh Rashid Road in the direction of Oud Metha to the west (Umm Hreir, Oud Metha). These solutions are part of the overall solutions developed by RTA for coping with snarls experienced by the Emirate,” continued Al Tayer.
In accordance with the master plan of traffic diversions charted by RTA to ensure smooth traffic flow, the traffic has been temporarily diverted in the Sheikh Rashid Road.
The design of the temporary diversion fully conforms to specifications of permanent roads in terms of engineering design standards, and sufficient lighting matching to the design speed of the road for the safety of users. The diversion also maintains the same number of lanes of the diverted road to avoid any negative impact giving rise to congestions. More info