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pedestrian friendly and give easy access to the delightful walks along the seaside Corniche or in the many landscaped parks and activity areas in the new development. Internal roads in the city have also been upgraded, a third bridge is nearing completion to improve access from the mainland to Abu Dhabi Island and roads and interchanges have been remodelled around the airport to accommodate major developments there.

Construction of the regional network of roads and bridges on Al Reem commenced in June 2007. To ease the pressure on the roads, Al Reem will have its own mass transit system linked to the proposed mass transit system for Abu Dhabi.

New transport systems have also been designed for Abu Dhabi’s recently built urban areas, such as Khalifa bin Zayed and Mohammed bin Zayed cities. Since major infrastructure developments are taking place in the Western Region, there is also a renewed emphasis on transportation there.

New transport systems have also been designed for Abu Dhabi’s recently built urban areas, such as Khalifa bin Zayed and Mohammed bin Zayed cities. Since major infrastructure developments are taking place in the Western Region, there is also a renewed emphasis on transportation there.

Massive building projects in Dubai have increased traffic and led to heavy congestion, especially at peak times. This is being tackled by the rolling out of new bridges, road improvements and a focus on public transport, including a new metro system, all part of Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority’s (RTA) comprehensive strategic transportation plan that covers Dubai’s needs up to the year 2020. Under the plan RTA intends to spend Dh44.04 billion (US$12 billion) on upgrading the emirate’s road network, building 500 kilometres of new roads, 95 interchanges, nine ring roads and increase the number of lanes crossing the Creek, a notorious bottleneck.

The number of traffic lanes crossing the Creek that runs through the heart of Dubai is being increased from 19 in 2006 to 47 by 2008, and to 100 by 2020. The first phase of Business Bay Crossing was opened to the public in early 2007 to try to ease traffic flow on the Maktoum and Garhoud bridges, and a temporary floating bridge opened in June 2007 to assist with traffic while the capacity of Garhoud Bridge is being doubled to 16,000 vehicles per hour. Once completed, the Dh800 million, 15-metre-high Business Bay Crossing linking Deira with Bur Dubai will stretch for 1.6 kilometres with 13 lanes both ways capable of carrying 26,000 vehicles per hour.

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