Sharjah Urban Planning Council revealed a new achievement added to the series of achievements this year, announcing the opening of four pedestrian bridges on King Faisal Street, King Abdulaziz Street, Al Ittihad Street and Al Nahda Road, in order to ensure safe transportation for pedestrians when crossing roads, And supplying the road network with all necessary services, at a total cost of 100 million dirhams.
This achievement comes in implementation of the visions and directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, to support and provide the road network with new and advanced projects that provide comfort and luxury for the emirate’s residents and visitors, and prepare all streets with full potential to suit road users and pedestrians.
Traffic safety and safe transportation through the road network in Sharjah is one of the most important components of the plan for transport and preparation that is being prepared, in order to support and enhance the competitiveness of the city of Sharjah to occupy its position at the forefront of major urban centers in the region.
It is worth noting that the choice of sites for the implementation of bridges was based on several traffic studies and criteria based on knowledge of the traffic density and movement between the sides of the road, the rates of runaway accidents, the distance to the nearest pedestrian crossing, in addition to its implementation in vital places that include institutions or commercial centers and markets, as well On monitoring traffic reports received from the relevant authorities.
Traffic statistics showed that the rate of run over accidents represents a high percentage of the total traffic accidents in the city during the past six months, and in terms of the spatial distribution of these accidents, the areas of Al Khan, Al Nahda and Al Dhaid Street recorded the highest percentage compared to other areas in the city.
The design of pedestrian bridges on King Faisal Street, King Abdulaziz Street and Al Ittihad Street has also been taken into account of steel structures in accordance with artistic and contemporary designs and works that are compatible with the unique architectural nature of the emirate, so as to increase the splendor and splendor of the aesthetic and civilizational appearance of Sharjah, and consideration was taken of the appropriate design of security elements And safety for the elderly and people with disabilities, as elevators, ladders and ramps are provided.
The following is a detailed description of the four pedestrian bridges:
1- King Faisal Street Bridge is 46 meters long and 4 meters wide, and it links the Abu Shagara and Al Majaz 1 areas, and it features a modern and innovative design, equipped with an elevator and a pedestrian stairway, as well as lighting and civil works available in all bridges.
2- King Abdulaziz Street Bridge is 49 meters long and 4 meters wide, and connects the areas of Boudanq and Abu Shagara.
3- Al-Ittihad Street Bridge is a vital and important bridge, linking the two areas of Al Nahda and Al-Taawun, which is a densely populated area and a market. It is 4 meters wide and 4 meters wide. It includes stairs and slopes to facilitate the movement of all age groups, the elderly and people with disabilities. It is characterized by a unique and distinctive lighting system.
4- Al Nahda Road Bridge and the entrance to Al Rayyan Complex, which works on the pedestrian crossing between the two parts of the Al Nahda area, which is crowded with residents and various commercial shops. It consists of steel structures that are uniquely designed to continue the distinctive architectural pattern of the pedestrian bridges in the Emirate of Sharjah. Total of about 64 meters, this bridge includes escalators and elevators in addition to it is considered the first fully adapted bridge in the Emirate of Sharjah.
The Roads and Transport Authority calls on the public to use pedestrian bridges and tunnels designated to cross roads, and it also appeals to drivers of vehicles and buses to adhere to the prescribed speeds, in order to ensure the safety of life and property.