x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Ajman traffic diversion delays motorists

Drivers say new diversions near the Al Humaidiya bridge project look unplanned, with no signs or proper routes in and out.

AJMAN // Drivers say new diversions near the Al Humaidiya bridge project look unplanned, with no signs or proper routes in and out. They also complain that the roads being used are narrow and they can be stuck in a queue for hours.

"There is just a two-lane diversion going down from a four-lane Sheikh Khalifa Road to the industrial areas and then to Ajman city centre," said Mujib Sadat, a resident of the Al Jurf area who works in Dubai. "It took me more than an hour in the morning to pass through the area and about two hours in the evening when I was returning."

The closure of the bridge will allow for the building of a new span and a series of access roads at a cost of Dh250million. Police are responding to the situation by dedicating 30 patrol cars to the troubled area during the day to regulate traffic flow, said Col Abdullah al Nuaimi, the Ajman police deputy director.

"Patrols would be on this work for the 18 months of the project but we are also co-ordinating with the Ministry of Public Works to expand the diversions and advise motorists to use alternative roads," he said.

Heavy lorries will be banned from some of the diversion roads, Col al Nuaimi said, as they are a menace in the narrow thoroughfares. Police were distributing leaflets yesterday to inform lorry drivers which roads would be open to them.

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