AED40m bridge investment to improve Dubai safety

AED40m bridge investment to improve Dubai safety

Plans for ten new footbridges unveiled by Dubai Roads and Transport Authority in bid to cut accidents and increase safety

Summary

  • Construction of ten new footbridges to enhance safety in Dubai
  • Dubai Roads and Transport Authority unveil AED40m plans
  • Bridges to improve access to new developments and enhance safety in emirate

The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority has unveiled plans to invest AED40m into the development of ten new footbridges during the next two years.

The plans aim to increase the quality of life available to Dubai residents and to reduce accidents and fatalities among pedestrians.

“New bridges will be constructed in a number of vital locations that have been identified in traffic studies,” said Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the board and executive director of the RTA.

“These focused on the intensity of people’s movement between the two sides of the road, areas with abundant shops and establishments, and locations recording high run-over accident.”

Reducing the numbers of fatalities in pedestrian accidents has been a focus of the RTA and Dubai Police, with figures showing a steady decline.

In 2007, there were 9.5 fatalities per every 100,000 population, but this figure had dropped to 1.1 in 2013 – as a result of increased bridge building, up from 14 in 2006 to nearly 100 this year.

Two bridges on Al Safouh Street will provide access to the Dubai Marina Mall and the surrounding residential areas.

This enhances the attractiveness of Dubai Marina apartments to both potential investors and to those considering living in Dubai, as safety and access will improve drastically.

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