RTA plans 13 pedestrian bridges

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) recently awarded a contract for designing and constructing 13 pedestrian overpasses, costing Dh45 million, in Dubai. The project is supposed to be completed within eight months.

Published: Tue 1 May 2012, 12:08 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 2:29 PM

Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA Mattar Al Tayer announced that once it is completed, the number of pedestrian overpasses in the emirate will rise from 74 to 87, including the 34 footbridges of the metro stations.

The overpasses include a 100 metre-long bridge across Emirates Road (near Fruits and Vegetables Market), and a 86 metre-long bridge near workers’ accommodation in Al Qusais as well as several bridges stretching 40 to 75 metres across Al Mina Street (near Dubai Ports and Customs), Shaikh Rashid Street (near Deira City Center), Umm Suqeim Street (near Mall of the Emirates), Al Wuhaida Street, Amman Street (near Lulu Village), Latifa bint Hamdan Street (near Gulf Center), Al Mankhool Street (between Shaikh Rashid Street and Kuwait Street), Al Rasheed Street (near Jesco Supermarket), Abu Baker Al Siddique Street (near Al Qabael Center), Al Khaleej Street (near Deira Palm Metro Station), and Jebel Ali Industrial Area Street (near the workers’ accommodation).

“Besides constructing safe pedestrian crossings, the RTA has rolled out a host of initiatives to improve traffic safety, including running awareness campaigns, setting up fences to prevent pedestrian crossing from dangerous spots of road network, providing more than 100 pedestrian crossings, installing traffic calming means, and setting up of cautionary signs in the vicinity of 300 schools, mosques and hospitals,” said Al Tayer.

It has also provided all requisite services at the metro stations such as pick-up and drop-off points for passengers of taxis, private vehicles and public buses. Efforts made by the RTA, in collaboration with the General Headquarters of Dubai Police, have contributed to boosting the safety on roads as illustrated in traffic fatalities slipping from 145 cases in 2007 to 78 cases in 2009 and 43 cases in 2010. Last year too, there were 43 fatalities in accidents.

Al Tayer called upon pedestrians to use their dedicated bridges, and exhorted motorists to comply with the speed limits in place, and slow down at pedestrian crossings for their own safety and the safety of other road users as well.


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