The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) of Dubai has announced 75% completion of its Garn Al Sabkha-Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed (Sh MBZ) roads intersection improvement project.  

This development is designed to accommodate a traffic capacity of 17,600 vehicles per hour through the construction of four bridges spanning a total of 2,874m. 

The latest announcement comes after the RTA announced the conclusion of half of the project last November. 

RTA board of executive directors chair and director general Mattar Al Tayer said: “Once opened, the project will cut down the distance and the journey time by 40% for traffic heading from Garn Al Sabkha Street to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road towards Al Qusais and Deira.

“It will slash the peak hour journey time from 20 minutes to just 12 minutes. It will also diminish the journey time by 70% from 21 minutes to seven minutes for traffic going from Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road rightward to Al Yalayis Street in the direction of Jebel Ali Port.” 

To date, the contractor has completed the foundational and columnar structures of the bridges. 

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It is currently casting the bridge walls, installing iron supports, and expanding the roads.  

Additionally, lighting, rainwater drainage networks, and traffic diversions are being implemented to facilitate the ongoing bridge construction.  

One of the main bridges is set for completion by the second quarter (Q2) of this year. 

The project includes more than 7km of roadworks and enhancements to surface intersections along the service road parallel to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road. 

This development is part of the RTA’s Master Plan to upgrade strategic road networks and arterial east-west routes such as Al Yalayis Street and Expo Road.