A good move, but...

THE expansion of Shaikh Zayed Road from four lanes into five at a cost of Dh82 milion will undoubtedly reduce the pressure on this arterial road, and should have a bit of ripple effect on other roads linked to it. The construction of a two-lane road between Dubai World Trade Centre interchange and Zabeel interchange should also hopefully provide some relief in this bottleneck area.

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Published: Mon 1 Aug 2005, 10:05 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:07 PM

One has to, however, keep in mind that with road expansion comes the risk of increase in the number of accidents, with many of them turning out to be fatal. Road expansion inevitably leads to faster movement of vehicles, and with five lanes to choose from, there are bound to be quite a few careless drivers trying to switch lanes.

It is imperative that simultaneously with road expansion, the authorities also ensure that mechanisms like radar-monitoring are in place and at frequent intervals to check speeding beyond limits. Regular patrolling on the highway would also help reduce the risk since the sight of a patrol car invariably acts as a deterrent for the would-be traffic rule violator.

This is particularly important in the stretch immediately after DWTC because motorists getting out of the bottleneck give in to the temptation of speed when they see the five-lane open stretch in front of them. It is human tendency to step on the gas after having gone through slow-moving traffic on a three-lane road. Like they say, prevention is always better than cure.

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