Temporary bridge to ease Sharjah traffic

SHARJAH — A temporary bridge has been constructed between the Al Khaleej Bridge and Rashid bin Khadim Square to do away with the detours which cause traffic congestion across the city.

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Afkar Ali Ahmed

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Published: Mon 3 Jul 2006, 9:59 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:07 PM

Khawla Al Numan, Director-General of the Public Works Department, said this make-shift bridge which is considered the first of its kind in the country was constructed in the area where expansion works are being carried out by the contractor, to establish a pedestrian tunnel on the Al Arouba Road.

The bridge will remove the bottlenecks on both the sides of Al Arouba road, particularly the Al Rolla area. The expansion and the improvements on Al Arouba road, part of the pedestrian tunnel project, are expected to be completed soon.

The tunnel construction works caused severe traffic congestion in Al Rolla area and neighbouring areas, as vehicles on both the sides of the road were diverted to Al Heera Corniche and Al Zahra Square. Following the construction of the temporary bridge, the problem was resolved and the traffic flow has improved on Al Rolla, Al Heera Corniche, Al Zahra Square and others areas. The construction of the bridge is aimed at restoring the traffic to normal before the construction works on the pedestrian tunnel commence on the Al Arouba Road.

The pedestrian tunnel which will soon be constructed as part of a massive road construction project, will minimise accidents involving pedestrians and facilitate pedestrian movement in the area which houses shopping centres.

Sharjah traffic police officials said that the decision on this temporary bridge construction was based on the result of several studies and surveys which were conducted by the police on the nature of traffic movement in Al Arouba Road.

The result of the studies shows that the detours that were established to transfer traffic movement due to the construction of the Tunnel caused massive traffic congestion. The idea of building such temporary bridges has served as model and vital solution for the problem, the bridge proved its success in minimising traffic congestion in Al Arouba roads and other parts of the city.

He pointed out that the bridge is made of steel and iron with capacity to endure the movement of light and medium vehicles. The heavy vehicles and trucks should not use such bridges as it was not designed to bear their weight. He urged the heavy vehicles drivers to avoid using the bridges and others motorists to reduce speed while passing through the bridge and abide by instruction on the signboards installed by Sharjah police. "The police patrol was intensified in this area to prevent accidents and to organise traffic flow," the official noted

Mohammed Khalaf, a motorist, said that the temporary bridge helped a great deal in easing the traffic congestion in Al Arouba Road. ''It was a great idea and it is easy for motorists who pass every day by this road,'' he said.

Ahmed Jaber, another motorist expressed his positive impression of the new bridge and said it minimised stress and is helping motorists save time.

Al Numan said that the department, since its establishment in 2000, has achieved several real estate and construction projects which contributed to the emirate's development. These projects include the establishing of a modern road network based on international standards to connect the cities and ease traffic in the emirates.



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