Safety fence plans for major highway in Bahrain

Residences are within close proximity to the highway, there is also a public garden nearby

  

Tall metal railings could soon be erected along the sides of a major highway to protect pedestrians and avert accidents.

The Northern Municipal Council has also proposed paving the muddy sidewalk along the Al Louzi Highway and planting trees as part of a beautification drive.

The proposals have been called for as the 4.8km highway – which is currently being expanded to three lanes in both directions – cuts through a residential area and a housing project.

“This highway has been expanded to three lanes on each side and the sidewalks aren’t paved while the lack of barriers creates a dangerous traffic situation for area residents,” area councillor Zainab Al Durazi said during the council’s bi-weekly meeting.

“Residences are within close proximity to the highway, there is also a public garden nearby and children may run into the road anytime.

“The park is just three metres away from the highway and there are no safety barriers. This is lethal as children could run out and get hit.

“Turning sidewalks into paved walkways will also help area residents looking for a safe place to walk or jog with their family members.”

Ms Al Durazi said beautification of the highway would also contribute towards increasing the green belt and achieving sustainable development goals in Bahrain.

The GDN previously reported that the BD5.2 million road project is around 57 per cent complete with work underway to link the rainwater drainage of the housing project to the new network.

According to a previous statement by Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Ministry Roads assistant under-secretary Huda Fakhro, the project is expected to ease traffic congestion in the area, while also serving residents and visitors of Al Louzi, Demistan, Karzakan, Hamad Town and Malkiya.

Last year, Northern Municipal councillors had submitted a proposal to install speed cameras on an accident black spot in the Northern Governorate which has claimed the lives of many people.

They claimed that an average of 15 accidents occur every year, adjacent to the road between Al Louzi and Hamad Town roundabout 12.

“We had requested security cameras and speed cameras to increase road safety on this vital highway. They are more locations that require traffic safety such as the public garden in Block 1018,” Ms Al Durazi said.

“Engineers are currently working on the project, let’s hope that they will do the best job and pave the sidewalks and add the traffic barriers.”

The proposal was unanimously approved by the council and will now be referred to the Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Minister Essam Khalaf for review.

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TALL metal railings could soon be erected along the sides of a major highway to protect pedestrians and avert accidents.

The Northern Municipal Council has also proposed paving the muddy sidewalk along the Al Louzi Highway and planting trees as part of a beautification drive.

The proposals have been called for as the 4.8km highway – which is currently being expanded to three lanes in both directions – cuts through a residential area and a housing project.

“This highway has been expanded to three lanes on each side and the sidewalks aren’t paved while the lack of barriers creates a dangerous traffic situation for area residents,” area councillor Zainab Al Durazi said during the council’s bi-weekly meeting.

“Residences are within close proximity to the highway, there is also a public garden nearby and children may run into the road anytime.

“The park is just three metres away from the highway and there are no safety barriers. This is lethal as children could run out and get hit.

“Turning sidewalks into paved walkways will also help area residents looking for a safe place to walk or jog with their family members.”

Ms Al Durazi said beautification of the highway would also contribute towards increasing the green belt and achieving sustainable development goals in Bahrain.

The GDN previously reported that the BD5.2 million road project is around 57 per cent complete with work underway to link the rainwater drainage of the housing project to the new network.

According to a previous statement by Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Ministry Roads assistant under-secretary Huda Fakhro, the project is expected to ease traffic congestion in the area, while also serving residents and visitors of Al Louzi, Demistan, Karzakan, Hamad Town and Malkiya.

Last year, Northern Municipal councillors had submitted a proposal to install speed cameras on an accident black spot in the Northern Governorate which has claimed the lives of many people.

They claimed that an average of 15 accidents occur every year, adjacent to the road between Al Louzi and Hamad Town roundabout 12.

“We had requested security cameras and speed cameras to increase road safety on this vital highway. They are more locations that require traffic safety such as the public garden in Block 1018,” Ms Al Durazi said.

“Engineers are currently working on the project, let’s hope that they will do the best job and pave the sidewalks and add the traffic barriers.”

The proposal was unanimously approved by the council and will now be referred to the Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Minister Essam Khalaf for review.

reem@gdn.com.bh

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