AJMAN // The opening of two bridges in Ajman will not only improve traffic flow but will also keep infrastructure standards in line with those in other emirates.
That is the view of drivers who have hailed the reduction in congestion on Al Ittihad Road, which links Ajman to Sharjah, Umm Al Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah, since the bridges opened.
Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Bridge – named after the Ruler of Ajman – for driving to and from Sharjah and Dubai, and Al Nuaimiya Bridge, for drivers heading to the Northern Emirates, cost Dh135 million to build, said Yayaha Al Reyaysa, the director general of Ajman Municipality and Planning Directorate.
For motorists the improvements have been quick, and noticeable.
“I have gone through Al Ittihad Road [in less time] recently compared to previous journeys,” said Abbasi Ali, who lives in Ajman. “Earlier there were many road diversions and traffic was so bad on alternative roads. Now you just have to go straight and this makes traffic much smoother.”
Rashid Noordin, also from Ajman, said: “Ajman has now entered into the developed emirates like Dubai that count several bridges on a single road.”
As well as improving traffic flow, the bridges will help to bring more custom to Ajman city centre, where shoppers from Ajman, Sharjah and UAQ now have easier access to the mall.