$196m Dubai project set for mid-2013 completion
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A key $196.5m roads and tunnels project in Dubai is set for completion in June 2013, the head of the emirate's transport authority said on Saturday.
Mattar Al Tayer, chairman and executive director of the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), announced that the Rashid Hospital Tunnels project would be opened to traffic on June 30 2013 and was currently 75 percent finished.
"The Rashid Hospital Tunnels project is being constructed as part of an integrated project through which the RTA is seeking to reduce traffic congestion in the vicinity of Rashid Hospital, and raise the traffic flow in the area," he said in a statement.
The RTA said it has undertaken several projects in Bur Dubai to eliminate tailbacks and increase traffic capacity on the roads "to keep pace with the urbanisation and traffic growth rates".
Last month, it was reported that Dubai plans to spend about AED1bn ($272m) over five years to improve roads.
The initial phase of the plan, which runs through to 2016, covers five residential communities including Hatta and Al Qusais 3 in addition to Al Quoz 2, 3 and 4.