Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has delivered a package of improvements along the Sheikh Zayed Road to reduce traffic congestion and increase capacity.

The improvements are part of RTA’s new vision of ‘global leadership in easy and sustainable mobility’, which aims to reduce traffic congestion significantly.

As part of the series of enhancements, Exit 39 near Mall of the Emirates has been widened and converted from one lane to two.

This has increased the intake capacity from 1,800 to 3,600 vehicles on the road each hour.

It has also reduced the travel time from Sheikh Zayed Road to Umm Suqeim from 12 minutes to just 1.45 minutes, as well as lowered the 1km-long waiting queue to just 50m.

The second improvement was at the Umm Amara Street towards Safa Park Interchange. This has eased the traffic congestion at the roundabout and increased the traffic flow towards Abu Dhabi.

RTA also made changes to the free right lane from 2nd of December St to Sheikh Zayed Road by increasing storage lane capacity.

Traffic congestion was also eased at the Al Thowima Street at Al Barsha with the improvements.

In addition, developments near the Novotel Hotel is said to have minimised traffic congestion on the service road while creating improved access to the internal areas of Sheikh Zayed Road.

The addition of a new lane near the Shangri-la Hotel and the first interchange towards Abu Dhabi also increased vehicle capacity to 1,800 vehicles per hour.

Moreover, a new lane has been added at the exit in the direction of The Dubai Mall, increasing the vehicle movement capacity to 5,400 vehicles an hour.

Further improvements were made near the first interchange of the Sheikh Zayed Road and the fourth interchange in the direction of Sharjah (Al Manara Exit) to improve traffic flow.