Abu Dhabi: The Joint Committee for management of accidents in the new Al Salam Street tunnel, held its 2nd meeting at the head office of the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City, focusing on the promotion of mutual cooperation among stakeholders aimed at ensuring the highest levels of traffic safety and security for users of the tunnel when it is opened for vehicles shortly.
The Joint Committee, which consists of the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City, Abu Dhabi Police (Traffic – and Civil Defense), Department of Transport, and the National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA), stressed the importance of using cutting-edge technologies in managing the tunnel, which is the largest so far in the UAE, set to act as a vital transportation and traffic corridor capable of handling higher traffic volumes, thus easing the pressure on main streets parallel to or intersecting with Al Salam Street as well as those of the neighbourhood.
The Committee stated that works were gathering pace and progressing according to the set schedule towards the ultimate opening stage.
The Committee also underscored the importance of adopting the highest standards to ensure the traffic safety and security of tunnel users, capitalizing on sophisticated technologies in surveillance ‘&’ control operations, and boosting the capabilities of operators in coping with any developments or emergencies, particularly with regard to traffic accidents and fires through adopting the latest international practices of managing similar tunnels.
The meeting also discussed the development of a clear mechanism for fixing speeds in the tunnel between 60-80 km/hr according to the requirements of traffic ‘&’ safety rules, and discussed the need for enacting rules prohibiting the passage of heavy vehicles and trucks through the tunnel.
The Committee approved a number of workshops to be held to train operators on the use of surveillance, control, and fire-fighting devises inside the tunnel, along with the use of emergency exits ‘&’ rooms inside the tunnel as well as imparting in all working staff the skills of coping with any developments or emergencies. The Committee’s attention was primarily focused on security ‘&’ safety aspects as it is keen on safeguarding the life ‘&’ properties of tunnel users in a way that ensures a safe and interesting passage of the tunnel from the start to the end.
The Committee also noted that Al Salam Street Tunnel would be kept under a trial period before it is officially opened to verify the capabilities and safety of all systems in use at the Tunnel, and ensure the safety of all associated facilities, lanes, and emergency exits among other various systems in place.
Engineer Abdullah Al Shamsi, Acting Executive Director of Infrastructure and Municipal Assets Sector at the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City, stressed on the importance of the management of the Tunnel at world-class standards through using sophisticated technologies to ensure the highest levels of security and flexible traffic flow.