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Abu Dhabi Municipality opens Al Mafraq Bridge

posted on 09/11/2010: 725 views

The Municipality of Abu Dhabi City, in cooperation with the General HQ of Abu Dhabi Police, has opened the flyover of Al Mafraq Bridge for vehicular traffic in all directions, except the Dubai-bound path; which will be opened later this month.

Al Mafraq Bridge project, which has started in March 2008 costing about 830 million dirham, comprises 27 lanes in both directions with a total capacity of 24 thousand vehicles per hour, thus becoming one of the key and vital projects in Abu Dhabi city capable of bringing about a positive impact on the traffic in Abu Dhabi in particular and the UAE in general.

The project is carried out in the context of upgrading the efficiency of the bridge, enhancing the traffic flow, ensuring the safety of road users and effectively easing the in-bound and out-bound traffic from and to the city.

The Municipality had previously embarked on the phased opening of the completed parts of the project encompassing three bridges; a main bridge extending 75 meters comprising 4 lanes and a shoulder in the direction of Dubai - Al Silaa, 2 bridges to serve the traffic from Abu Dhabi towards Al Shahama, and a bridge from Al Ain towards Al Silaa. It also includes several slip roads and loops linking the traffic between Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Western Region and Northern Region with a combined length of about 18 km.

Commenting on the project completion, engineer Abdullah Al Shamsi, Acting Executive Director of Municipal Infrastructure and Assets Sector, said: "The project is part of the multiple contributions and pioneer projects of the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City towards upgrading the city to keep pace with the socio-economic development drive, improving the quality of services offered in the capital and modernising the roads and infrastructure sector.

The project is part of the Municipality's strategy to match the requirements of urbanisation and development drive, cope with the current '&' projected population growth, and ensuring an advanced network of roads '&' transport systems to keep abreast of the expansion witnessed by the city; which has prompted the construction of a sprawling network of roads, bridges and tunnels to ensure a highly efficient road system in Abu Dhabi as well as safety and security of all road users.

Developing Al Mafraq Bridge at a cost of 830 million dirham with a total capacity of 24,000 vehicles per hour is bound to contribute effectively to easing the severity of the traffic congestion, and ensure a smooth vehicular flow in all directions from and to the capital as it constitutes a key traffic hub linking Abu Dhabi and the Northern Emirates as well as the Western Region.

The Municipality calls on all drivers and road users to exercise caution and care during driving, comply with the specified speed limits '&' traffic signals, and attend to the safety '&' security controls in place. It also stresses the importance of cooperation and showing flexibility in order to safeguard the safety of the community in general and roads users in particular with a view to ensuring smooth and safe travel to their intended destinations. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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