Too dangerous

Al Wasl Road to be transformed.

Jumeirah's Al Wasl Road is to be completely overhauled, in the light of several fatal car accidents in the past two years.

Certain dangerous U-turns that have been at the centre of these accidents are to remain closed. In total, the 14 km stretch of road had 22 U-turns with no traffic signals last May, and since then a large number have been permanently closed. Recently, two were permanently shut in Umm Suqueim-2.

Hussain Al Bana, Director of Traffic at the RTA's Traffic Department, told the press this week: "Some U-turns have been closed for safety reasons, but not all U-turns will be closed.There are some black spots, some crashes have happened and there has been an increase in traffic," he said.

He said Al Wasl Road will be overhauled, and that the RTA has started an extensive study of traffic flow and other issues on the road. "A project is currently under planning to upgrade and redesign the whole Al Wasl Road. The whole area is being studied to decide whether there should be junctions, tunnels, signalled U-turns or bridges, for example."

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