RTA to build ten new pedestrian bridges in Dubai
by Paromita Dey
Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced ten new pedestrian bridges scheduled to be built in Dubai in 2016 and 2017.
These new bridges will bring the total number of pedestrian bridges to 120 by 2017.
Mattar Al Tayer, director general and chairman of the board of executive directors of the RTA, said the bridges will be situated in a number of vital locations around the city.
Al Tayer said: “Since inception, the RTA has attached considerable attention to the provision of safe pedestrian crossings, and set a number of perimeters upon which the locations of pedestrian bridges are selected; such as spots witnessing high proportion of run-over accidents (black points), intensity of traffic movement, movement of people between the two sides of the road, the distance to the nearest pedestrian crossing, location of bus stops, availability of malls as well as public and private organisations, and the observations raised by the general headquarters of the Dubai Police, and the public."
Two bridges will be constructed on Baniyas Road; the first near the Land Department, and the second near Dubai Municipality.
One bridge will be constructed on Khalid Bin Al Waleed Road near Al Rifaa-Al Saadiyat Road, in addition to a bridge near Al Twar Centre, a bridge on Al Ittihad Road near Dnata, a bridge on the Arabian Ranches Road (Road 323), a bridge on Al Mankhool Road, a bridge on Latifa Bint Hamdan Road near Al Khail Mall Road, a bridge near Bel Rumaitha Club, and a bridge on the Dubai-Al Ain Road near Skycourts Buildings.
Al Tayer added: "RTA is currently constructing seven pedestrian bridges, including two on Baghdad Road, and one bridge each on Al Maktoum Road, Al Mina Road, Amman Road, Baniyas Road, and Al Rasheed Road.
"The completion rate has reached more than 30% in these bridges, and the project is expected to be completed during the first quarter of next year."