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New project to improve Al Awir Road and International City entrances.

More than Dhs190 million is to be spent on improving the roads serving International City and Al Awir Road, following long-standing complaints by residents.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has awarded a contract for improving Al Awir Road and entrances to International City (First Stage) Project, at a cost of Dhs191 million.

The project is in partnership with Nakheel, the developer of International City.

Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General of RTA, said: "Currently there is a single main entrance shared by residents of the International City and visitors to Dragon Mart, which often results in tailbacks during the morning and evening peak times. Over the past years, RTA provided an additional signalised entry/exit point at Al Manama Road that has eased the traffic flow at the main entrance off Al Awir Road.

"This improvement project, which covers Al Awir Road, Nouakchott Road and the International City at Al Warsan in Dubai, would enhance the intake of roads network, and ease the flow of traffic within the International City."

The project comprises improving Al Awir Road in a sector extending from the intersection of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road up to the International City roundabout. A two-lane flyover will be constructed at the juncture of Nouakchott and Al Awir Roads to ensure a free traffic movement for the traffic inbound from Nouakchott Road and outbound to Al Awir Road westward (in the direction of Dubai).

It will also provide a turning point for motorists coming from Al Awir Road heading to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road. The construction of a service road in both directions of Al Awir Road is also scheduled to ensure smooth traffic from International City, Dragon Mart and Al Warqaa.

Apedestrian and cycling bridge between Al Warqaa and the International City is also on the cards, and will offer access toDragon Mart and the Fruits & Vegetables Market.

The existing main four roundabouts in International City (Street 414) will be transformed into signalised junctions, and the existing lane would be widened by adding one or two lanes in certain sectors.

The project also encompasses the widening of Nouakchott Road in both directions from one to two lanes, including modifications of junctions along Nouakchott Road. A signalised junction will be added to provide access to the International City, besides transforming the existing Treatment Plant roundabout into a junction including providing a turn to the Treatment Plant.

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Date:Jan 30, 2016
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