RTA building new footbridges to give pedestrians a lift
Dubai is to get 13 new footbridges after the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) identified pedestrian accident black spots.
Forty-three pedestrians were killed in Dubai in 2011, compared to 102 in 2007.
Mattar Al Tayer, executive director of the RTA, said: “Besides constructing safe pedestrian crossings, the RTA has rolled out initiatives to improve traffic safety.
These include running awareness-raising campaigns, setting up fences to fend off pedestrians crossing at dangerous spots, providing more than 100 pedestrian crossings, installing traffic calming means, and setting up cautionary signs in the vicinity of 300 schools, mosques and hospitals.”
The new footbridges, costing Dhs45 million will be at several spots around Dubai, including Emirates Road, Al Qusais, Deira, and Jebel Ali Industrial Area Street (near workers’ accommodation).