RTA opens "uniquely designed" bridge at the entrance of Dubai Marina

Published: 20 September 2020 - 10:14 a.m.
By: Jane O'Neill
A new bridge over busy roads in Dubai Marina has a unique design echoing the urban architecture and coastline of the neighbourhood.

The hour-glass shaped four-way pedestrian bridge loops over King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street and Al Gharbi Street, near JBR.

More than 8,000 people an hour are expected to use the crossing, which opened officially by Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) on Saturday, September 19.

The junction is used by as many as 2,300 people and 2,000 vehicles in each direction during peak hours.

Over 1,000 people cross the junction to head to the JBR during weekends. and Dubai Tram crosses the intersection every six minutes.

Mattar Al Tayer, director-general of the RTA, says the bridge's design will enable pedestrians to move to four sides of the junction, without stopping at any signals.

He adds: “This pedestrian bridge features an iconic architectural design that adds to the appeal of Dubai Marina area, a key destination for visitors and sea-goers that offers a unique experience for residents and visitors of Dubai.

“The design of the bridge frontage is inspired by the urban nature of the area with a shape and colour that fit well with the pattern of surrounding buildings. The curved shape of the bridge emulates the coastal areas in great harmony with the neighbourhood. The bridge enables pedestrians to move freely between the four sides of the junction, thus avoiding any stop at light signals,”

As well as aesthetic considerations, the creation of the footbridge works Dubai's goal of reaching zero road fatalities by 2021.

The number of footbridges constructed in Dubai soared from 13 bridges in 2006 to 129 bridges by the end of 2020. The RTA plans to build other 36 footbridges during 2021-2026.

Factors for deciding where to provide pedestrian crossing include the traffic intensity, number of pedestrian incidents and fatalities, speed limit, number of lanes, the intensity of movement of people between the two sides of the street, and the distance to the nearest pedestrian crossing.

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