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.
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. More info