Photos: Busy junction in Dubai Marina gets a four-way footbridge
Published on September 20, 2020 at 00.01
'The junction is used by as much as 2,300 people and 2,000 vehicles during peak hours in each direction'
A unique four-directional pedestrian bridge was opened in Dubai Marina on Saturday, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced.
Located at the intersection of King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street with Al Gharbi Street at the entrance of Dubai Marina (near Jumeirah Beach Residence, JBR), the bridge has four escalators linking the four sides of the junction.
Constructing a footbridge of this magnitude at the Marina was prompted by a "host of considerations", said Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors of the RTA. "The junction is used by as much as 2,300 people and 2,000 vehicles during peak hours in each direction. More than 1,000 people cross the junction to head to the JBR during weekends. Moreover, Dubai Tram crosses the intersection every six minutes. The area accommodates two Tram stations and one bus stop, and there are no pedestrian crossings nearby," he explained.
The bridge, stretching 75 metres, "echoes the urban architecture of the neighbourhood" and can handle about 8,000 people per hour in all directions. "This pedestrian bridge features an iconic architectural design that adds to the appeal of the Dubai Marina area, a key destination for visitors and sea-goers that offers a unique experience for residents and visitors of Dubai," said Al Tayer.
"The design of the bridge frontage is inspired by the urban nature of the area with a shape and colour that fit well with the pattern of surrounding buildings. The curved shape of the bridge emulates the coastal areas in great harmony with the neighbourhood. The bridge enables pedestrians to move freely between the four sides of the junction, thus avoiding any stop at light signals," he added.
The RTA chief called on citizens, residents and visitors to use pedestrian bridges and subways when crossing streets.
He also called on motorists to observe the speed limits and slow-down at pedestrian crossings for their safety and the safety of road users. - firstname.lastname@example.org
(Photos by Neeraj Murali/KT, RTA)