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Sharjah bridges to reopen today

The Al Khalidiya and Sharjah bridges located near Al Jazeera Park in Rolla will be opened for traffic early morning today after the completion of the maintenance and improvement work.

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Afkar Ali Ahmed

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Published: Fri 19 Aug 2011, 12:52 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 5:10 AM

Amal Al Khamees, Deputy Head of the Road Maintenance Section at the Directorate of Public Works (DPW), said the work on the 120-metre-long Sharjah Bridge and the 80-metre-long Al Khalidiya Bridge was completed in two phases in six weeks at a cost of Dh8 million.

The maintenance work includ-ed re-laying of the asphalt in both directions and fixing the wear and tear caused by daily traffic movement to prolong the life span of the bridges, ensure the safety of motorists and reduce conges-tion by allowing a smooth flow of traffic.

Mohsin Belwan, Head of the Traffic Engineering Section, said the DPW made all efforts to minimise the inconvenience caused to road users in Jubail, Al Leyyah, Khalidiya, Majaz 1, 2 and 3 areas by the bridge closure. They erected detour sign-boards based on a study of the partial closure of the bridges to keep the traffic flow smooth for the motorists from Al Arouba Street towards Al Khan area on their way to Dubai, especially in the morning hours.

Vehicles coming from Dubai to Sharjah were given alternative routes during the closure of the bridge for traffic in that direction. Belwan said police were deployed in all areas to ensure safety of those using alternative routes during the partial closure. Omran Al Khoumary, Head of the Communications Department at the DPW, said these two bridges are vital because they link the southern side of the Khalid Lagoon to the north, and they form the transit route for those going from Dubai to the Northern Emirates as well as the coastal area of Sharjah.

The DPW also conducted a comprehensive media campaign with the Sharjah Police and other media institutions such as radio and TV channels throughout the project to announce details of the partial closure. He urged the motorists to pro-vide suggestions on the hotline number 80086767. news@khaleejtimes.com



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