Dubai: Battling bottlenecks that plague the city

Battling bottlenecks that plague the cityImage Credit: Supplied

Traffic congestion is an inevitable part of a city's progress. As the population grows, so does the volume of vehicles on the road – a truism that cannot be any truer when applied to the likes of Dubai.

In Dubai, government authorities have invested massively in road infrastructure projects to ease traffic gridlocks. Two such huge ventures by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) that are aimed to solve the problem and to meet the rising transportation demands are the Dubai Metro, considered a work in progress as more stations are planned to reach the desired number of 70 stations by 2020, and the Dubai Tram, which will benefit commuters in the Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) and Sufouh areas. Residents and visitors who considered traffic snarls in the JBR community a daily irritant will soon heave a sigh of relief when the tram commences operations in November.

Just recently, a temporary exit to Shaikh Zayed Road from the Gardens was opened to reduce traffic jams along the Discovery Gardens and Gardens developments, which only have a two-lane access to the main thoroughfare. A news report stated that more roads, exits, interchanges and flyovers would be developed in the said area in the next five years. Residents and those working in the affected areas can expect more relief in years to come.

Traffic chaos in the emirate's busy Airport Road will also soon be solved when it gets a major makeover. Planned over the next three years, the road expansion project, which will include more lanes, bridges and underpasses, is expected to start in the last quarter of this year.

The construction of infrastructure meant to attract additional tourists and investors to Dubai also largely contributes to the traffic problem. One such case is the ongoing work on the three-kilometer long Dubai Canal project along the Al Safa area. Going to and from Downtown Dubai is also a nightmare with mixed-use developments continuing to spring up in the vicinity.

Handy Hints:

• More metro stations are planned to reach the desired number of 70 by 2020

• Dubai Tram will benefit commuters in Dubai Marina (including JBR) and Sufouh

• A temporary exit to SZR from the Gardens was opened to reduce traffic jams

Source: Ellen Joyce Soriano, Special to Properties,

The writer is a freelancer


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