Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is set to construct three footbridges in various parts of Dubai, including one that will have four escalators linking the four sides of an important junction at the King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street.
The bridge will have an iconic design inspired by the nature of buildings in the area and the coastal surroundings.
RTA director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors Mattar Al Tayer said: “The project covers designing and constructing three pedestrian bridges to ensure safe pedestrian crossing.
“The bridges spread in three Dubai hotspots namely King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street at the Marina, Khaled bin Al Waleed Street near Rif’aa Street intersection, and the Arabian Ranches Street near Al Asayel Junction.”
The pedestrian bridge on King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street features a design, which will be the first of its kind in the region, linking four sides of a vital junction of King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street with the western street near the JBR and the entrance of the Marina.
The design of the bridge front has been inspired by the urban nature of the area, with a shape and colour that complement the surrounding buildings.
The bridge, with a curved shape, will enable pedestrians to move freely between the four sides of the junction without stopping at the traffic signals.
The bridge, which extends 65m and can accommodate 4,000 people per hour, has been designed to reflect the urban nature of the area and the curved shape resembles the coastal location.
The bridge is expected to be completed in December 2019.
The RTA said that the junction is used by about 2,300 persons and 2,000 vehicles during peak hours. Over 1,000 people cross the junction to head to the JBR during the weekends.
Furthermore, the Dubai Tram crosses the intersection every six minutes. The area has two Tram stations and a bus stop, but no pedestrian crossings nearby.
Al Tayer called upon pedestrians to use pedestrian bridges and subways when crossing streets. He also urged motorists to observe the speed limits and slow down at pedestrian crossings for their safety and the safety of road users.
Image: A rendering of Marina Bridge in Dubai. Photo: Courtesy of Roads and Transport Authority, Government of Dubai.