Saudi Focus

$585m spend on road safety

December 2018

Saudi Arabia has announced plans for 23 new road safety projects at an investment of SR2.2 billion ($585 million), said a report.

The government will be completing these major infrastructure projects in phases. In the first phase, the kingdom will implement a total of eight projects, covering more than 68,000 km across the kingdom at an investment of SR773 million ($206 million), reported the Arab News.

The eight projects include the establishment of the National Road Safety Centre, three traffic safety equipment projects, three projects to alert motorists to changing road conditions, and the implementation of recommendations from last year’s Engineering and Consultancy Services Agreement. 

In  Phase Two, the ministry will implement a further 15 projects over the next three years, all aimed at reducing the number of accidents and casualties on the kingdom’s roads, said the Arab News report.

It is estimated that traffic accidents cause material losses of SR4.4 billion every year. Later projects will include improved safety facilities at animal crossings, the installation of protective barriers for lampposts on some roads, improved intersections and junctions, and enhanced streetlighting around hazardous intersections, it added.  

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