By Sara Anabtawi
Transport authority says 150 bridges in place by 2016; move intended to reduce road deaths
Dubai is set to have 105 pedestrian bridges by 2016, up from the current 74, the emirate's Road and Transport Authority (RTA) said.
Out of the 31 new pedestrian bridges planned over the next five years, construction has started on 13, Engineer Maitha Bin Udai, Executive Director of the Traffic & Roads Agency at RTA said.
“Pedestrian bridges currently being constructed by RTA are spread across various districts of Dubai, including two bridges on Emirates Road, one near the Fruits and Vegetables Market and the other near workers accommodation at Al Awir,” Maitha said.
“Other bridges are located in Al Mina, Shaikh Rashid, Umm Suqueim, Al Wuhaidah, Amman, Latifa Bint Hamdan, Abu Baker Al Siddique and Al Khaleej Roads,” Maitha added.
The RTA has opened two pedestrian bridges this year; the first being in Abu Baker Al Siddique Road, and another in Emirates Hills.
During the past two years, the authority opened several other footbridges in various areas, including, Khalid bin Al Waleed, Al Mankhool, Bani Yas, Damascus, Al Rasheed, Al Rabat Roads and Abu Baker Al Siddique Road.
"The efforts made by the agency to curb pedestrian accidents are not restricted to technical procedures but are built on three core aspects i.e. engineering procedures, traffic safety standards, and awareness campaigns targeting community members, particularly students,” Maitha said.
“The key problem facing traffic awareness campaigns is that considerable numbers of individuals, especially Asian workers, are unaware of traffic safety rules, thus the key challenge lies in educating them on the importance of using safe transit means such as pedestrian crossings, tunnels, and bridges in order to avoid run-over accidents."