Traffic congestions between Sharjah and Dubai will no longer be a problem by the end of this year, said Dr Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development.
He pointed out that several projects are under way and will help eliminate traffic jams, including Al Budaiya Bridge at a cost of Dh200 million, which is 75 per cent complete, the minster said in a statement to Al Khaleej Arabic Daily.
“The bridge, which stretches over the 4km that is considered the bottleneck, is expected to open for motorists in August this year,” he said, adding that trucks will soon be instructed to use Emirates Road (E611) according to certain timings which will also ease congestion.
Mr Al Nuaimi pointed out that a dedicated truck lane will be added on Emirates Road to avoid jams resulting from parking on the side of the road during ban hours, and that parking lots for trucks will be allocated on several locations on both sides of Emirates Bypass.
He added that the Government is currently considering adding a fourth highway in the area, to supplement Al Ittihad Road, Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road as part of its 2021 plan.
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