Dubai RTA reveals plans for 19 pedestrian bridges

Seven to be constructed this year and a further 12 to be built in 2015

Picture for illustrative purposes only.
Picture for illustrative purposes only.

The Board of Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has endorsed a plan to construct 19 pedestrian bridges in 2014 and 2015 in various vital parts of Dubai.

According to the Emirates News Agency (WAM), seven bridges will be constructed this year, and the remaining 12 bridges are set for construction next year.

"Constructing footbridges stems from the commitment of the RTA to provide safe means for pedestrians to cross roads. The new bridges will be constructed in a number of vital locations that have been identified in traffic studies focused on the dense movement of people between the two sides of the road, areas with abundant shops and organisations, and locations recording high run-over accidents (black points)," said Mattar Al Tayer, RTA chairman of the Board and executive director.

"During April, RTA will start the construction of seven pedestrian bridges, five of which will be fitted with lifts, including a bridge on Bani Yas Street near the Marina, a bridge on Al Mina Street, two bridges on Baghdad Street; the first near the Pakistani School, and the second near the Aqua Park, and one bridge at each of Al Maktoum Street, Amman Street, and Al Rasheed Street. The new bridges will be completed in the last quarter of 2015."

Next year the RTA will construct 12 pedestrian bridges distributed over a number of vital locations including Bani Yas Street near Dubai Municipality building and a bridge on Damascus and Al Nahada Streets.

The RTA has recently completed the construction of 13 footbridges comprising a pedestrian bridge on Al Saada Street opposite the World Trade Centre (conventions hall) spanning 92m and fitted it with two lifts in each direction to accommodate the huge number of visitors to the centre.

It has also completed the construction of two bridges on the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, the first near the fruits and vegetables market stretching 100m, and the second is near Workers Quarters at Muhaisnah extending 86m.

The authority has also constructed other bridges on Al Mina Street, Sheikh Rashid Street, Umm Suqeim Street, Al Whuhaida Street, Amman Street, Latifa bint Hamdan Street, Abu Baker Al Siddique Street, Al Khaleej Street (Deira City Center Metro Station), Al Munkhool Street, and Al Rasheed Street, besides constructing lifts for the existing bridge at Al Nahdah.

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