One of Dubai's biggest traffic hotspots is to be considerably more pleasant from now on after the opening of a new Dhs88million bridge.
The three-lane flyover from Oud Metha Road to Sheikh Rashid Road will ease the huge backlog that can build up around Wafi Pyramids, Dubai Healthcare City and Raffles during morning and evening rush hour.
The focus of the construction was to ease the pressure on the current E66 flyover, where three lanes jostle into one in front of Wafi before looping back onto the main highway connecting Dubai International Airport and the rest of the new city.
With a free-flow of three lanes now being maintained from Oud Metha Road, which crosses the Creek and connects with Al Khail Road, it is expected that 3300 vehicles per hour will be positively affected.
The is the first part of a major overhaul of the systems around Dubai World Trade Centre roundabout stretching to Garhoud Bridge, which will cost a total of Dhs611m.
The whole project is expected to be completed towards the end of 2017, by which time another new bridge on the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road (past Al Jafiliya Metro Station), a tunnel at the Sheikh Rashid Road (towards Lamcy Plaza from Raffles), and a bridge stretching from Umm Hurrair Road in the direction of the Sheikh Rashid Road (into the heart of Karama) will all be in full working order.