Footbridge planned over
Al Ittihad near Ansar Mall

The Department of Public Works in Sharjah (DPWS) on Wednesday gave nod to the construction of three pedestrian footbridge at vital and dense areas of the city.

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Published: Thu 21 Mar 2013, 12:16 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 8:27 AM

According to a senior official, the scheme, valued at Dh11 million, is aimed to provide safe infrastructures across the emirate, protect and ensure safety of road users.

Engineer Muhsen Belwan, Head of the Traffic Engineering Section, DPWS, said the move followed thorough studies, researches and updated statistics based on the density of the population at both sides of the roads.

“Vulnerable areas with commercial and shopping centres and markets, as well as a high rate of traffic accidents were also considered,” he said.

Belwan explained that the first pedestrian walkway shall be built on the Al Ittihad Road between Al Nahda and Al Mamzar areas against the Ansar Mall.

“The second pathway will be constructed on the King Abdulaziz Road between the Budaniq and Abu Shagara areas close to the petrol station and the third will be built on the King Faisal Road between Al Majaz-1 and Abu Shagara areas near the HSBC Bank.”

Belwan said the department, in collaboration with Sharjah Police, spares no effort to enhance traffic safety on all roads of the emirate with several initiatives and awareness campaigns. “We have also installed road dividers to prevent and curb dangerous crossing from undesignated areas.”

Earlier, scared Sharjah residents, worried about the fatal threat from speeding cars, demanded the construction of pedestrian walkways in many vital commercial areas across the emirate.

Residents told Khaleej Times they fear crossing the streets where cars move at high speeds, ignoring pedestrians crossing the road. They said the lack of pedestrian crossings would cause even more fatal accidents.

Resident Reem Abu Al Iezz said there were frequent fatal pedestrian accidents taking place along Al Buhairah Corniche Road. “Two of my friends died in this street while crossing the road due to lack of crossings.”

Muezz Khan, a resident of Al Majaz, said that despite the beautiful project in Al Buhairah Corniche Road where he lived, he felt living there was too dangerous as the area lacks walkways to cross the road to reach the park.

Some residents criticised the damaged wooden pedestrian bridge near Sahara Centre, demanding urgent maintenance for it to ensure the safety of the mall’s customers.

Belwan said that following increase in pedestrian accidents and public complaints, the department had recently initiated five zebra crossings and built two underpasses on different roads where there had been a number of accidents involving pedestrians.

According to the Traffic Department in Sharjah, the number of pedestrian accidents this year had been reduced by approximately 40 per cent as compared to last year, largely due to the extra walkways, underpasses and foot bridges recently built in many areas of the city.

ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com



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