Qatar to build 160 pedestrian bridges by 2022

The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) plans to construct about 160 pedestrian bridges in different parts of Qatar in the coming years, a top official announced on Sunday.

“Pedestrians account for 33% of road traffic accident fatalities in the country,” pointed out Yousef al-Emadi, senior engineer and manager of road operation and maintenance department at Ashghal.

Speaking at the PowerTalk Session of the Vision Zero Qatar-Sweden forum, which opened at Ritz Carlton Doha, the official explained that Qatar had embarked on a 10-year National Road Safety Strategy (2013-2022).

“The strategy aims to save 800 lives and avoid 2,000 serious injuries. The focus areas are rash driving, seatbelts, pedestrian safety, workforce safety, and improving knowledge among other targets”.

Every year around 220 people lose their lives and a further 550 are seriously injured in Qatar as a result of road crashes. The National Road Safety Strategy aims to reduce the annual number of road crash fatalities to 130 and the annual number of serious injuries to 300 by 2022.
 
 
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Source News: Qatar Living