The long-awaited moment by all the subway surfers in Cairo has finally come. The authorities have started closing off some of the major streets in Zamalek as a first step in the construction of the third line of Cairo’s Metro. The island’s residents are very weary of the traffic jams that will result from taking such measures.

It’s now confirmed that the vicinity of Ismail Mohamed and Brazil streets is going to be closed off at least for a week for site inspection by The Franco-Egyptian Consortium.

This week, the National Authority for Tunnels will be experimenting in collaboration with The Cairo Traffic Administration. For sure more streets will be closed by the time the drilling starts and as soon as all the construction safety measures have been taken.

According to Lieutenant Colonel Emad Hammad from the Cairo Traffic Administration, new street directions in the neighborhood have been decided as follows:

  • Abdel-Aziz st. is one way for those coming from the 26th of July st., towards Ismail Mohamed.
  • Yehia Ibrahim is one way for those coming from Ismail Pasha, towards the 26th of July st.
  • Brazil st. is one way for those coming from the 26th of July st., towards Hassan Assem.
  • Shagaret Eldor is one way for those coming from Ismail Mohamed, towards the 26th of July st.
  • Mansour Mohamed is one way for those coming from the 26th of July st., towards Elmalek Elafdal.
  • Hassan Assem is one way for those coming from Aziz Abaza, towards Mansour Mohamed.
  • Elmalek Elafdal is one way for those coming from Mansour Mohamed, towards Abo Elfeda.
  • Bahgat Ali is one way for those coming from Elmalek Elafdal, towards Mohamed ElMara’ashly.
  • Taha Hussien is one way for those coming from Mohamed ElMaraashly, towards Ismail Mohamed.

It’s worth mentioning that a lawsuit was filed 3 years ago to halt the process of drilling under the streets of the island, providing an alternative route for the third line of Cairo’s Metro. Meanwhile the campaigners against the decision are reaching a state of no hope to stop the metro construction in the neighborhood with the most significant number of embassies and foreign residents.

So if you’re driving through Zamalek streets any time soon, you must get ready!