A new tunnel boosting traffic flow on a busy stretch in Business Bay in Dubai will open to motorists on Friday.
The 420m tunnel will provide a left-turn from Happiness Street to Al Meydan Street.
The new scheme is part of the recently opened second phase of the Parallel Roads Improvement Project at the Business Bay district, being spearheaded by Dubai Road and Transport Authority (RTA).
The tunnel is a key feature of the Western Parallel Roads Improvement Project, which spans the area between Al Meydan and the Financial Centre Streets and across Business Bay.
The wide-ranging project has seen the construction of a 240m flyover at the intersection of the Happiness Street and Burj Khalifa Boulevard, and a 535m tunnel at the intersection of the Happiness Street and the Business Bay Street.
The scheme has also covered the construction of a 500m bridge along the extension of the Happiness Street crossing over the Dubai Water Canal, and a 420m bridge at the intersection of Al Meydan Street and First Al Khail Street.
The improvements are part of the RTA’s strategic plan to ease congestion on Sheikh Zayed Road at peak times.
Other aspects of the development include a 340-metre underpass for horses crossing at the Dubai Stables.
The RTA said journey time between Shaikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Street will reduce from 12 to 2.5 minutes, by increasing vehicle capacity to 20,000 vehicles an hour.
The RTA said the opening of the project has contributed to an improved traffic flow in the area between the Financial Center Street and Al Meydan Street, and across the Business Bay district up to Al Qouz.