Construction begins on five footbridges

Dubai Municipality has begun work on pedestrian bridges at Abu Hail and Ghusais as part of its Dh17.5 million project.

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By  Eudore Chand Published  January 14, 2004

Dubai Municipality has begun work on pedestrian bridges at Abu Hail and Ghusais as part of its Dh17.5 million project, which involves the construction of five new bridges for pedestrians in different parts of Dubai. The construction of the two bridges at Abu Hail and Ghusais will cost Dh5 million. The project, which also includes the UAE’s longest pedestrian bridge that will link two portions of the yet to be completed Zabeel Park, is expected to ensure safety of pedestrians and facilitate their movement. In October, the municipality received several designs for the bridges, following a study it carried out in co-operation with a private consultation firm on pedestrian movement in the emirate. The study highlighted the need for building pedestrian bridges in areas considered prone to pedestrian-vehicle related problems in order to cope with the growing population and vehicular traffic over the coming years. The areas pinpointed in the study were Abu Hail Street (near Abu Hail Centre), and Al Nahda Street (near Union Co-operative Society in Ghusais). The Abu Bakr Al Siddique Road (from Clock Tower roundabout to Al Muraqqabat intersection) witnesses the heaviest pedestrian and vehicular movement in the emirate. According to official figures some 443 people use this road in an hour, while the total number of vehicles using the road in an hour (in both directions) is 5284. There are 561 people using Al Nahda Street (From Al Nahda roundabout to Ghusais intersection) in an hour, while 3637 vehicles use this road in an hour. The study also highlighted the need to build multistorey car parks in and around the city. The municipality had taken into consideration several factors, including pedestrian movement, density of the crossing, percentage of accidents involving pedestrians and suitability of the location, prior to defining locations that require new bridges. There are already 11 pedestrian bridges in Dubai that have helped minimise traffic accidents and facilitated smoother traffic movement in the city. The municipality uses metal bridges, which unlike tunnels, can be moved to other places if and when required. Plans are also afoot to construct three pedestrian bridges in and around Zabeel Park, work on which is currently under way; one of these bridges will be built to serve the toy train service inside the park.

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