Jeddah inks contract for 2030 transport planby CW Staff on Apr 23, 2012
Jeddah municipality has signed a contract with a leading international consulting company to prepare a comprehensive transport plan for the city, viable until 2030.
Jeddah needs to tackle the long-term transport problems facing the region. The plan will 'facilitate smooth traffic movement by applying highly advanced technology and successful international experiments', according to sources at the municipality's media centre.
The studies will have to take into account the spiraling requirements of the growing population and expansion of the city. The population in Jeddah is expected to rise by half a million from its present 3.35m to 3.85m by 2018.
The municipality has already started implementing numerous projects, including major road works on King Abdul Aziz Road, King Fahd Road, Prince Majed Street, Palestine Street and Prince Muhammad Street. The municipality says $141m worth of projects have already been completed.
Most recently, Jeddah Mayor Hani Abu Ras signed a contract worth $24.4m to construct an underpass at the Falak (Globe) Square that intersects King Fahd Road with Sari Street.
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