The next phase of the Al Badiya Bridge Project has been launched by Dubai’s Minister of Infrastructure Development, a move designed to tackle congestion and improve transport movement.

The next stage – launched by HE Dr Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi – includes the construction of slip roads at the Al Badiya intersection, helping ease congestion on various routes in the emirate, According to WAM. 

Those set to benefit include those coming from Dubai and heading to the east coast, others coming from Meleiha and heading to Ras al-Khaimah, as well as others coming from Ras al-Khaimah and heading to Sharjah and road users heading from Sharjah to Dubai.

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At the launch, Al Nuaimi stressed that the ministry is planning to complete the project over several phases, in preparation for its trial launch before the start of the 2018-19 school year.

The announcement also saw the minister inaugurate the enlargement of the Emirates Road to Ras al-Khaimah from three to six lanes, which will begin at the Al Badiya intersection and end at the Bridge 7 intersection on Al Dhaid Road.

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According to WAM, Al Nuaimi said the ministry wants to achieve smooth traffic movement during all stages of the project, which is a major road that links the country’s northern regions to Dubai.

The news comes amid efforts by the UAE to develop further its road and bridge networks to cope with the growing level of traffic, as well as improve transportation movement.

"The project will serve the country’s overall development and trade, will link all its regions, improve the roads system, and reinforce the UAE’s international stature," the state media agency added.