Dubai to build 1.6 km Al Khaleej tunnel


Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has awarded a contract for the construction of a tunnel from the Infinity Bridge ramp in Deira to the intersection of Al Khaleej Street and Cairo Street.

The 1,650 metre Al Khaleej Street Tunnel is part of the Al Shindagha Corridor Improvement Project and will have three lanes each way capable of accommodating up to 12,000 vehicles per hour.

Mattar Al Tayer, the Director General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA said the project "includes transforming the crossing of the Cairo and Al Wuheida Streets from a roundabout to a signalised intersection, besides improving Cairo Street and connecting the ramp of the bridge from Dubai Islands to the new tunnel on Al Khaleej Street northward.

"(It) will serve the residents of Abu Hail, Al Wuheida, and Al Mamzar along with development projects like Dubai Islands, Dubai Waterfront, Waterfront Market, and Hamriya Port."

Al Tayer added that the Al Shindagha Corridor runs 13 kilometres along Sheikh Rashid Road, Al Mina Street, Al Khaleej Street, and Cairo Street, and the work includes the upgrading of 15 intersections to benefit numerous residential and developmental communities including Dubai Islands, Dubai Waterfront, Dubai Maritime City, and Mina Rashid.

It serves about one million people and is projected to cut travel times from 104 minutes to just 16 minutes by 2030.

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