Traffic relief on Maktoum Bridge, Floating Bridge and Oud Metha roads with new Tunnel opening
Today Dubai saw the addition of a new pass way through the congested area around Rashid Hospital with the opening of the long-awaited Rashid Hospital Tunnel.
As scheduled, the four-lane tunnel was opened for traffic today.
Traffic congestion on Floating Bridgem Maktoum Bridge and Oud Metha streets is expected to be significantly reduced by the new route.
The Rashid Hospital Tunnel project comprises of the construction of roads and two 2-lane tunnels serving the traffic inbound from Tariq bin Ziyad & Umm Harir Streets and heading towards the intersection of Al Al Riyadh Street with the extension of the Floating Bridge.
The first tunnel passes from Tariq bin Ziyad Street underneath Al Maktoum Bridge, and the other one comes from Umm Harir Street and passes across Oud Metha Park. The two tunnels merged to form a 4-lane street heading towards Al Riyadh Street via Rashid Hospital.
In earlier announcements the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) anticipated the project as a whole would facilitate the movement of 6,000 vehicles per hour.
“The Rashid Hospital Tunnels project is being constructed as part of an integrated project through which the RTA is seeking to reduce traffic congestions in the vicinity of Rashid Hospital, and raise the traffic flow in the area. The total capacity of roads located within the project domain is poised to rise upon the project completion to 6,000 vehicles per hour,” stated Mattar Al Tayer, CEO of RTA earlier.
The Rashid Hospital Tunnel project has been under development for the past three years and has cost Dh722 million.