Key diversion on First Al Khail Road started Friday

By Sheena Amos

DUBAI 14 December 2017: On Friday, December 15, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will open a main traffic diversion on Latifa Bint Hamdan and First Al Khail Road to enable completing construction works on bridges and roads under Umm Al Sheef-Latifa Bint Hamdan Streets Intersection Improvement Project.

The project will provide a vital direct link between Jumeirah and Al Khail Road in both directions passing across parallel roads (Al Asayel Road and First Al Khail Road). It involves the construction of two-tier roads and bridges providing free traffic on Umm Al Sheef Street from Jumeirah Street and Al Wasl Street to the west of the Sheikh Zayed Road. It will also provide a two-way bridge linking Latifa bin Hamdan Street and Al Zomorrod Street, to the East of Sheikh Zayed Road, with the Sheikh Zayed Road to ensure a free traffic flow.

Maitha bin Adai, CEO of Traffic and Roads Agency, said, “The traffic diversion will be opened on Friday, December 15th and continue until July 2018, and alternative streets will be provided. The diversion will enable the completion of bridges and providing free traffic flow on Latifa Bint Hamdan Street and First Al Khail Road.

“The RTA will close the lanes on the Latifa Bint Hamdan Street in the direction of First Al Khail Road will be closed (at the intersection of Latifa Bint Hamdan Street and First Al Khail Road). Motorists can use the signalised traffic diversion passing through Street 3B and 14A (around the building of Khaleej Times Newspaper). The RTA will close the U-turn on the Latifa Bint Hamdan Street heading northward to Al Asayel and First Al Khail Roads. An alternative U-turn will be provided in the same direction to ease the traffic movement in the intersection on which bridges will be constructed,” she reported,” elaborated Maitha.

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“The RTA will maintain the same number of lanes, with a slight adjustment in the site of the light signal to fend off the turn of heavy vehicles at the intersection of First Al Khail Road and Latifa Bint Hamdan Street. An alternative turn will be provided for heavy vehicles at the intersection of First Al Khail Road with Latifa Bint Hamdan Street. Accordingly, the U-turn will be opened for heavy vehicles moving from Al Asayel Road to the First Al Khail Road westward, to ensure a smooth flow of trucks from and to Al Qouz Industrial Area. Temporary metal structures have been provided to alert motorists about the permissible heights, and that road works in progress at the intersection.

“Due consideration has been given to ensuring smooth traffic movement on the intersection, and establishing accessible entry and exit points dedicated to emergency and civil defence vehicles on Latifa Bint Hamdan Street and industrial Area workshops during the project construction period. The RTA will also make improvements to the intersection of Umm Al Sheef Street with Al Wasl Street. The project includes constructing main surface roads, improving service roads to facilitate the traffic flow on the Sheikh Zayed Road, reducing the traffic density on Al Wasl Street, and saving significant time and efforts of residents road users,” added Maitha.

The RTA calls on road users to be alert, observe directional signage of alternative roads and comply with the specified speed limits for a safe and smooth transport for all.