In a bid to improve pedestrian safety Dubai is to construct 10 new walkways over busy highways.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said the new bridges will be built in areas where a high rate of accidents involving pedestrians had taken place and places which see heavy amounts of traffic.
The work will take place between 2015 and 2016.
“Constructing the footbridges stems from the commitment of the RTA to provide safe means for pedestrians to cross roads,” said Mattar Al Tayer, executive director and chairman of the board of the RTA.
“The new bridges will be constructed in a number of vital locations that have been identified in traffic studies 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 accidents.”
The plan is to build two bridges at Bani Yas Street, one near the Department of Land and the second near Dubai Municipality.
Bridges will also be built at Khalid bin Al Waleed street near the Rifaa-Saadiyat intersection, Al Nahda street near Al Tawar Centre, Al Ittihad street next to the DNATA offices, Al Maraabi street, which is also known as Road 323, Al Mankhool street, Latifa bint Hamdan street next to Al Khail Mall, Al Ribat street close to Bel Remaitha Club and the Dubai-Al Ain road near the Skycourts buildings.
“The number of pedestrian bridges in Dubai leapfrogged from 14 bridges in 2006 to 74 bridges in 2011, and will jump further to as much as 100 by the end of this year,” added Al Tayer. The number is expected to reach 120 in two years.