Middle East’s longest traffic tunnel will provide easier access to Etihad Towers

Abu Dhabi is on the verge of launching the Middle East’s longest traffic tunnel which will allow motorists heading into the city from the eastern entrance to emerge from underground at its western edge without having to make any stop.

The Department of Transport has started a comprehensive tunnel and road construction project in Abu Dhabi to further improve the road infrastructure and accommodate the traffic growth.

The total cost of the project is estimated at Dh700 million and is expected to be completed before the end of the year, the DoT said in a statement on Monday. The project is aimed at improving and upgrading the road and traffic infrastructure on Bainunah Street and part of the Ras Al Akhdar area in the Capital. The project work has been awarded to Al Naboodah Contracting Company LLC.

The project consists of two tunnels, one of which will be as long as 540 metres and will consist of two lanes, providing direct access to Etihad Towers.

The other tunnel, located at the intersection between Bainunah Street and Sultan bin Zayed Street will also consist of two lanes but will extend to a full 700 metres. In addition, two roundabouts opposite Emirates Palace will be converted into intersections controlled by traffic lights.

The project also includes expanding part of Bainunah Street to four lanes including a dedicated bus lane to encourage public transport, in addition to a service lane to cater to the hotels in the area. The project encompasses two new intersections on Bainunah Street, as well as improvement works on service lane number 27, which connects Bainunah Street and Sultan bin Zayed Street, and improving traffic capacity of Corniche Road and Sultan bin Zayed Street. Additional Mawaqif parking spaces on Sultan bin Zayed the first street opposite Intercontinental Hotel will also be added.

Landscape design incorporating plants and water fountains will ensure the project is aesthetically appealing. The project enjoys a great deal of importance as it forms part of the strategic initiative aimed at improving the road infrastructure to accommodate the expected traffic increase in the area due to growth in the demand on construction and development in the emirate.

Source: Khaleej Times

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