The project came in the light of a bigger plan charted by RTA with a view to fitting main roads and vital spots in the Emirate of Dubai, with pedestrian crossing and footbridges aiming at ensuring safe and smooth crossing movement of pedestrians. Hence, The RTA has announced the start of construction works in seven footbridges in six roads; namely, 2 bridges on Baghdad Street and one bridge on each of Al Maktoum Road, Al Mina Street, Amman Road, Baniyas Road and Al Rasheed Road. Works in these bridges are expected to be accomplished during the first half of 2016. The RTA has completed the construction of 22 pedestrian bridges in 2013 and 2014; which would bring the total number of pedestrian bridges constructed by 2016 to 107 pedestrian bridges.
The new bridges to be constructed in a number of vital locations are selected in the light of traffic studies based on a number of perimeters such as traffic intensity, number of accidents & fatalities, maximum speed limit, number of lanes, population density on roadsides, distance to the nearest footbridge, location of bus stops, availability of markets & organizations, and locations witnessing high proportion of run-over accidents (Black Points). Over the past two years the RTA constructed 22 footbridges in a number of vital locations, thereby rising the number of pedestrian bridges in Dubai from 14 bridges in 2006 to 74 in 2011 and jumped further to reach 100 bridges by the end of 2014.
Recent statistics indicate that these pedestrian bridges played a remarkable role in recording the lowest rate of pedestrian fatalities over 20 years.
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