By Staff www.emirates247.com
Abu Dhabi authorities opened more sections of a Dh5billion tunnel project to traffic on Friday as they are pushing ahead with plans for a full completion towards the end of this year or in early 2011.
Officials said more than 80 per cent of the entire project has been completed and they expect the tunnel and surface roads to be fully operational within two to four months nearly four years after the project was launched.
The parts which were opened on Friday are located between Khalifa, Hamdan, Salam and Mina streets in the heart of the capital while the tunnel itself has yet to be opened for traffic, officials in Abu Dhabi municipality said.
“This project will largely contribute to easing traffic congestions in the city……it will also improve the environment by reducing emissions as the tunnel means much fewer cars will be on the surface road,” said Abdullah Saeed al Shamsi, director of the infrastructure division at the municipality.
The Salam street tunnel on the capital’s eastern flank had been due to be completed at the end of 2010 but was delayed because of technical and topographical reasons, according to the municipality.
“The project will be fully commissioned at the end of the year or in early 2011…..there has been a delay in some areas but this is normal in such big projects anywhere,” said a municipality official. More info