Dubai: Statement from the Roads Authority regarding amending traffic times and new lanes

Abdallah Shahin - | UAE

The Roads and Transport Authority and the Dubai Police General Headquarters have revised the schedule for truck traffic on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, specifically the segment between Ras Al Khor Street and the Emirate of Sharjah, in both directions.

The government stated in a tweet that during the ban times, individuals should either utilize alternative roadways such as Emirates Road or remain at truck rest areas.

As per the instructions of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, to make Dubai a city that promotes cycling, the Roads and Transport Authority is carrying out the Special Path Project. This project aims to provide suitable alternatives that encourage residents to engage in cycling. The 13.5 km long route connects the Al Sufouh and Dubai Hills areas for bicycles, scooters, and pedestrians. It utilizes Hessa Street and features two distinctively engineered bridges for bicycles and pedestrians on Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road.

Mattar Al Tayer, the Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority, stated that the bicycle, electric scooter, and pedestrian path initiative is a component of the ongoing Hessa Street development project. This project spans a distance of 4.5 km, stretching from the intersection of Hessa Street with Sheikh Zayed Road to its intersection with Al Khail Road. The project involves the development of four key intersections on Hessa Street, namely at Sheikh Zayed Road, First Al Khail Street, Al Asayel Street, and Al Khail Street. Additionally, the number of lanes on Hessa Street will be increased from two lanes to four lanes in each direction. This expansion will result in a 100% increase in the street's capacity, allowing it to accommodate up to 16 thousand vehicles per hour in both directions.

The Director General and Chairman of the Board of Directors clarified that the ongoing project involves the construction of a 13.5-kilometer-long and 4.5-meter-wide pathway. This pathway includes a dedicated space of 2.5 meters for bicycles and electric scooters, as well as an additional two meters for pedestrians. The pathway links the Al Sufouh region to Dubai Hills via Hessa Street, providing access to a vibrant and varied collection of residential, commercial, educational, and service zones. It also connects to residential districts such Al Barsha and Al Barsha Heights. The project aims to improve transportation for short-distance excursions, namely for the first and last mile. It will connect with the Dubai Internet City metro station and nearby commercial and service attractions. The expected capacity of the route is around 5,200 people per hour.

He stated: The new path is distinctive due to the existence of two bridges. The first bridge spans across Sheikh Zayed Road, measuring 528 meters in length, while the second bridge spans across Al Khail Road, measuring 501 meters in length. Each bridge has a total width of five meters, with three meters allocated for the bicycle and electric scooter path, and two meters designated for pedestrians. The two bridges are differentiated by their distinct geometric configuration drawn from The bridge design across Sheikh Zayed Road conveys linkage and communication by utilizing intersecting lines, reflecting the surrounding landscape. The open bridge structure's design shape offers an enhanced panoramic perspective of the surrounding landscape and its towers. Conversely, the design of the bridge over Al Khail Road emphasizes the use of lines. The sunlight's illumination, carefully integrated into the architecture, creates a serene environment for pedestrians and bikers, shielding them from traffic noise and providing a peaceful ambiance.

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