BY A STAFF REPORTER
PEDESTRIANS crossing the busy Al Nahda road will have a safe alternative with Sahara Centre set to construct a bridge across the road by September.
The covered bridge spanning 48 metres with a clear height of 6.5 metres will be constructed at a cost of Dhs7 million, the shopping mall announced in Sharjah on Wednesday.
The bridge is expected to ease the woes of pedestrians who now have to brave fast moving vehicular traffic on the road by slipping through the dividers, or walk over a kilometre, to access the other side of the road.
To be made of a structural steel frame with steel deck flooring, and a metal panel wall with roof cladding, the bridge will be accessible from the sidewalk by either panoramic lift or staircase.
On the initiative, Jean Pierre Nammour, managing director of Sahara Centre, said: "The Al Nahda area in Sharjah where the mall resides is developing at a very fast pace and we foresee a steep rise in visitor traffic. Considering the location of the mall, this pedestrian bridge will provide an ideal walkway solution for visitors living on the opposite side of the mall and will provide them with a safe and easy access to the mall."
The construction of the pedestrian bridge forms part of the Sahara City project; a Dhs4 billion expansion plan that will more than double the size of the shopping mall.
The bridge has been designed by architectural and engineering consulting company Khatib & Alami and built by Al Nimr Contracting.
Source : GulfToday
Posted : 05/06/2008