BY MATOVU A. TWAHA
IN THE latest move to boost traffic flow, all roads in Dubai will soon be covered by the warning signals to motorists called the Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS), revealed the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA).
This development follows the awarding of the Phase II of Intelligent Traffic Systems contract that will see all the roads that were not dealt with in the first phase covered.
According to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Traffic and Roads Agency, Maitha Bin Adai the consultant will have to study, design and supervise the implementation of the project.
"The consultant also has got to prepare a five-year plan to generalise application of the ITS to all roads of the emirate, as part of the Strategic Plan of the RTA to develop integrated solution of roads systems to keep abreast of the sweeping development plans in the emirate of Dubai, and carry them out at world-class standards," added Maitha.
Motorists hailed first phase. The first phase of ITS was roundly hailed by motorists many of the same said the system helped them to circumvent heavy traffic along the way.
According to the Director of ITS Department at Traffic and Roads Agency, Salah Al Marzooqi, in the first stage, the Variable Messaging System covered Sheikh Zayed Road, Khaleej Road, Emirates Road, Sheikh Rashid Road, Abu Baker Al Siddique Road, Al Ittihad Road, Al Mina Road, Bani Yas Road, Airport Road and Nad Al Hammar Road.
It also included Al Maktoum Bridge, Al Garhoud Bridge, Airport Tunnel, Al Shindagha Tunnel and the Floating Bridge.
Al Marzooqi commented that the second phase will see introduction of sophisticated systems to detect traffic accidents and congestions using electronic devices, smart cameras and trip time calculation systems.
The first phase of the ITS, which focused on streamlining and managing traffic flow, included building a modern traffic control center fitted with giant screens to monitor traffic at key junctions, roads and crossings.
"Through these systems we are able to control over 300 intersections, including temporary junctions at traffic diversion locations. This depends on continuous monitoring by 115 stationary surveillance cameras installed at tunnels, and key intersections and roads to detect accidents, congestions and slower traffic flow," said Al Marzooqi.
Source: Gulf Today