Dubai’s drivers will soon have an extra Salik toll to pay when they use emirate’s Sheikh Zayed Road.
Words by Aroma Kumar
Construction has begun on a new Salik gate near Jebel Ali, heading to Abu Dhabi, the emirate’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced.
The toll gate will begin functioning from 24th October this year, after the new 7th Interchange on Sheikh Zayed Road and parallel Al Yalayes and Al Asayel road improvements projects are completed, allowing drivers to divert to Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road.
Drivers who don’t take the diversion will be charged AED 4 at the new toll gate, which the RTA says is expected to reduce traffic flow on E11 by 25 per cent, by diverting traffic to alternative routes, and encourage more people to use Dubai’s vast public transport network.
Here’s how it’s all going to work:
The opening of the 1st phase of the 7th Interchange Project and Al Yalayes Rd.,on Sheikh Zayed Road, on September 15, will contribute to a smoother traffic flow between Sheikh Zayed Road& Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road. Watch this video for more details#DubaiRoads#DubaiProjects pic.twitter.com/KkyDu7XU4v
— RTA (@RTA_Dubai) July 18, 2018
Salik, meaning ‘open or clear,’ is Dubai’s road toll system. There are currently six free-flowing toll gates on the emirate’s highways, which use radio frequency technology to scan your vehicle’s Salik sticker tag.
Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the RTA, says: “The development of the 7th Interchange and Al Yalayes, Al Asayel streets will provide additional capacity to the parallel roads amounting to 12,000 vehicles per hour in both directions. It will also serve the urbanisation witnessed by Dubai. It will also increase the capacity of Al Yalayes Road to 20,000 vehicles per hour in both directions and cut the journey time between Sheikh Zayed Road and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road to about four minutes.”
He added that the road improvements project will provide additional entry and exit points for under-construction sites in the Al Furjan, Discovery Gardens and Jebel Ali.