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The Sharjah government has decided to expand Emirates Road and Al Ittihad Road — major highways linking Sharjah with Dubai— to ease traffic congestion.
“We will expand Emirates Road from the existing three to four lanes within the Sharjah borders, in addition to improving Al Ittihad Road and King Faisal Road,” said Salah Butti Obaid Bin Butti, Director General of Sharjah Town Planning and Survey Department (STPS) and Member of the Sharjah Executive Council.
Butti held a detailed meeting yesterday with Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), to discuss projects related to improving the road network between the two neighbouring emirates.
The RTA is already working on projects to expand Emirates Road from the existing three to six lanes and to turn Al Ittihad Road to an expressway from Al Garhoud Bridge to the Dubai-Sharjah borders.
Butti said that the STPS is also working on the Sharjah Ring Road parallel to Al Nahda Road to ease the traffic flow in the emirate. “We will continue to hold meetings to exchange information on road projects in order to improve the road network to facilitate motorists commuting between the two emirates,” he said.
The meeting was also attended by Maitha Obaid Bin Udai, CEO of the Traffic and Roads Agency, Naseer Mahfoud, Head of Roads and Transport Section at the STPS and Mel Stewart, Consultant at the Sharjah Ruler’s Office.
Earlier, Al Tayer informed the delegation about the Dh800 million Al Ittihad Road Expressway Project, which will be completed by the end of 2008.
“He said the project will ease 58 per cent of traffic congestion on Al Ittihad Road, which is currently used by 200,000 to 250,000 vehicles everyday,” he said Al Tayer said that the RTA is keen to provide public transport between Dubai and Sharjah to ease traffic and reduce the use of cars.