More traffic signboards in Sharjah assured

SHARJAH — Motorist who were finding it very hard to enter the Sharjah Ring road particularly from Al Nahda area near the Discount Centre will find it much easier in the coming days as the Sharjah Directorate of Town Planning and Survey (DTPS) will place more signboards on various routes leading to the entrance of the Ring road.

By Lina Abdul Rahman

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Published: Sat 9 Jul 2005, 10:39 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:42 PM

According to a source at the Directorate, more signboards will be placed on various roads leading to the first phase of the ring road, and the signboards will follow the American standard where the farthest destinations will be placed on the top while the closest Emirate or desired destination will be on the bottom of the signboards to be placed on various roads leading to the ring road.

“We understand that motorists are finding it very hard to travel on the easiest roads in Sharjah leading to the entrance of the ring road but we assure them that it’s a matter of time as the emirate of Sharjah is witnessing the construction of various roads and interchanges that will definitely ease the traffic flow while ensuring non stop drive,” he said.

This was disclosed by an official following a question raised by Khaleej Times as many motorists wishing to travel on the ring road get lost in their bid to enter the ring road while others are finding it very hard to know the exact roads leading to the ring road as there are no clear signboards.

The official noted: “People should know that despite the fact that the first phase of the ring road is already inaugurated, the construction work and the paving of the road near the Discount Centre is still going on.”

Khaleej Times spoke to a cross-section of people who were hoping that signboards will be placed soon.

Marwan Ahmed, who works at the Media City said that travelling through the Sharjah ring road takes him a very less time to reach his workplace daily. But, he added, on the first days of the inauguration of the first phase, he found it very hard to reach the entrance of the road as he couldn’t find any signboard guiding him to the ring road.

“On the first day it was hard for me to find out the exact road but I asked one of the taxi drivers who guided me to the road. I could never have reached the desired destination without his help,” he said.

Layla Anwar, another motorist, urged the DTPS to place more clear signboards on the ring road.

“Despite the fact that the ring road is saving time, I find it very confusing to travel on the road as the signboards already placed are unclear. The signboards are leading the motorist to Al Dhaid and Fujairah while a signboard directs us to Dubai and Abu Dhabi. That makes it very hard to know exactly which intersection of the road will connect the ring road to the Emirates Highway instead of entering the inner Dubai roads such as Al Qusais and Rashidiya,” she said.

Alistar John, another motorist, said that the placement of clear signboards will be of great help to him and to other motorist.

“The authority concerned should place more signboards clearly specifying the exact route leading to the Dubai airport and Al Rashidiya area or directly leading to the emirates highway,” he said, explaining: “On the intersection of the ring road leading directly to Emirates highways, there is no clear signboards and the road leading to emirates road is divided into two lanes. I clearly remember that I mistakenly took the wrong lane that eventually lead me to a U-turn taking me back to Sharjah. A signboard should have been placed there with two signboards mentioning the two directions — one leading to emirates high way and the other to Sharjah — to make it easy for the drivers to drive in the desired destination. I am sure many motorists might commit the mistake I did or will commit it in the future if no signboards are placed.

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