Dubai traffic jams to ease: 3-lane Wafi Bridge opens


    By Staff

    The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has opened the Improvement of Wafi Interchange project comprising the construction of a three-lane bridge extending 700 meters 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 (the bridge leading to the Dubai World Trade Center).

    2The total cost of the project is Dh88 million.

    Matter Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA, said: “The Improvement of Wafi Interchange project at the intersection of Oud Metha Road and Sheikh Rashid Road primarily aims at improving the leftward traffic flow coming from Oud Metha in the North to merge with Sheikh Rashid Road to the west, through the construction of a directional ramp ensuring free and safe traffic movement.

    The Bridge, which has a capacity to handle about 3,300 vehicles per hour, has been undertaken as part of RTA’s efforts to improve main roads network in the emirate, and the project had been flagged as a key traffic hub in the master plan of roads network in the emirate.

    “The new bridge was intended to ease the overlapping traffic problems experienced in the intersection, and ensure a smooth vehicular movement in all directions. The traffic should now flow smoothly from Oud Metha Road heading to the east in the direction of Al Ain, and equally from Sheikh Rashid Road in the direction of Oud Metha Road to the west (Umm Hrrair, Oud Metha communities),” added Al Tayer.

    Integrated Solutions

    “Upgrading Wafi Interchange is part of the integrated solutions charted by RTA to address snarls at Bur Dubai. Early this year, RTA started construction works in the improvement of the Intersection of Sheikh Rashid Road with Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road Project, costing about Dh611 million. More info