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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 18 June 2018

Sharjah's busy Al Ittihad Road to close on Fridays

Pedestrian bridge to be built in response to pedestrians running across busy motorway

Building a pedestrian bridge over Sharjah's high volume Al Ittihad Street will help slash jaywalking while protecting residents. Alyazia Al Yousif / The National
Building a pedestrian bridge over Sharjah's high volume Al Ittihad Street will help slash jaywalking while protecting residents. Alyazia Al Yousif / The National

Sharjah Road and Transport Authority (RTA) has begun working on a new pedestrian bridge over Al Ittihad Street, which connects the emirate to Dubai, with closures to remain in place over the next two Fridays.

The authority said that the road was closed from 3am to 9am last Friday, with the same shut down periods scheduled for the next two Fridays.

(Translation: Temporary closure of Al Ittihad street to work on installing a pedestrian bridge on October 27 and November 3 and 10 from 3am to 9am only)

This bridge was one of five approved by the Sharjah Urban Planning Council last year to be fitted with lifts and shaded walkways. The emirate’s police have carried out jaywalking campaigns to warn people about the dangers, finding nearly 400 illegal crossers in one week.

Yet building the bridge will also help ease traffic. Dubai’s RTA has said that congestion cost Dh4.6 billion annually as a result of lost time and expended fuel.

Other pedestrian bridges to be built in Sharjah include Al Taawun, King Faisal and King Abdulaziz streets, though no timeline has been given for their completion.