Thursday, April 27, 2006

Town of tunnels and bridge

Ok, so what really is the deal with this ridiculous monstrosity of a bridge that's going up over into Abdoun? Honestly, from the project's inception up until today, I have not heard one person who thinks this bridge makes any sense or is a good idea.

For Pete's sake--it looks as if the idea is to do a Brooklyn Bridge-type imitation right smack dab over Wadi Abdoun. Where there's no water, I should add. The cost is astronomical and is yet one more example of funds popped into a random vanity project instead of using it to fund the city/country's economically disadvantaged.

We also have the fortune to be living over in that section of the Fourth Circle that is totally screwed. Every street has been closed or re-routed so it's a major chore getting out of here or getting back home.

The other day, though, I did hear the first positive take on the bridge. I was driving back home via Wadi Abdoun with our friend Hani, who's an artist. "The bridge is so cool. It's amazing!" he said.

"What?!" I asked. I wasn't sure I was hearing him right.

"No, the idea of the bridge is stupid," he said. "Better for them to leave it just like this--as it is." For now, the bridge is in something like three unconnected sections, with cranes hovering over each section. "It's beautiful like this. Just like a sculpture."

And from our vantage point, I totally got what he was saying.


At 1:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well welcome to jordan!

At 1:42 PM, Anonymous Teller said...

What was the purpose of building the bridge? To lessen the flow of traffic or...?

At 10:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

why? scence when we build bridges that we need? yalaaa you might start seeing flighing cars in amman from over the bridge...... this is something new in jordan so why not !!

At 12:14 AM, Anonymous Rebecca said...

Well, I have to agree with Hani. I LOVE the bridge! I look at it every day. It's beautiful, and I'm excited to see what it will look like when it's done. And, you have to admit, when coming from Istiklal before and going to Abdoun, it was a pain to wait at the 4th circle light, go down into Wadi Abdoun, and back up the other side. Now, we'll be able to just fly through fourth circle to the bridge where we will STOP. ...because the bridge, as far as I can tell, will end unceremoniously at Abdoun circle, which is already a traffic nightmare. In my book, it's about time this town had some real highways (says the girl from California).

At 8:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont think that a suspension bridge is needed over Wadi Abdoun,linking the 4th to the abdoun circle.But look at it from an engineering point of view,it is truly amazing and I think that Amman needs a new symbol like the Eiffel tower or Statue of liberty.Ofcourse not to the same standard but its still an accomplishment.

I hope that with increasing living expenses,people dont start jumping off the bridge when completed.Its going to be a suicidal hotspot for Jordanians!

At 3:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think the bridge is a bad idea at all. The Eiffel Tower was considered a monstrosity when it was first built, and now it's a monument that resembles the city's rich heritage and culture.

In case you haven't noticed, Amman doesn't have a modern monument. Yes we do have historical monuments, but I don't mind seeing a modern masterpiece, I truly believe that the bridge would look great when it's built.

Though I have to agree on one thing, I don't really understand why they had to connect Abdoun with the 4th Circle, cause they're just very close to each other. But on the other hand, it would very much help create an easier access from Jabal Amman to Abdoun.

I guess they chose these two areas, because they're one of the nicer areas in Amman.

Also I've heard that it will Abdoun to the Airport Road.

I don't think that there has to be water under the bridge. And many other monuments don't really serve anything, for example the Missouri Arch doesn't serve for anything, and I find it very beautiful.

Also, I could see it in the future as an interesting area if lots of buildings and scrapers would surround it. Plus I love the idea of the brige overlooking Amman's beautiful hills.

At 6:59 AM, Blogger Betqa said...

I always thought Amman would be a good candidate for a metro/subway/underground system... would definitely be an option for those who wat to avoid traffic

At 10:59 PM, Blogger nasimjo¬© said...

So Lets see what do we've got in here...

The Story Behind Abdouns bridge is typically a City Engineering Story, Did any one mention that There doesnt exist a SINGLE "PATH STREET" in amman from the northern part to the southern!

Abdoun's bridge is not to connect the 4th circle to abdoun, but to connect Istiklal St, Jordan St, and Northern Amman in general, with the Airport highway!

After the bridge there will be a tunnel under the lousy Abdoun circle that will lead somewhere near the bridge at starbucks, and all stright forward until the Airport Road and Al-Quds Street linking the airport road with southern Amman.

From the Hill behind Bluefig u can see the airport road clearly, but u actually have to go all the way to the 7th circle and turn left until u meet the medical city street to start driving on the airport highway!

So this is actually all about it, by this, next time when u'll have ur ride to Aqaba with JETT, think big and calculate the time u actually spend from the 4th circle until JomoGas station on the airport road, those 20mins can be eliminated, the actual drive from the 4th circle to the airport road should not be more than 4-5 minutes.

as for the subway betqa! Subway in a city built on mountains and hill!!!!! UR KIDDIN ME! DUH!

At 11:29 AM, Anonymous Nas said...

like some have already mentioned, the plan is to connect to the airport road. it's actually the first plan that Amman has implemented that is actually forward thinking, planning for the future. if anyone has noticed more and more people are living outside amman and going to work there in the morning, and based on city planning and real estate trends, everyone is generally moving towards the likes of marj il7amam and madaba etc. especially with the universities being built there.

as for whoever mentioned a subway, lol it's basically physically impossible to implement.

but the airport will be expanded and there will be an above ground train that travels from the airport to Amman non-stop.

At 11:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually guty, i was the one that planned the bridge. Its part of an averall plan to try and ease congestion in Amman. It should remove thousands of vehicles a day from the centre of Amman. The next highway to be built is the eastern section of the Amman Ring Road and constructuin is about to start. This will alson remove traffic from heading to Zarqa and further north from Airport Road, particularly truck traffic. As part of the plan, the Amman Customs Depot is moving from the centre of Amman to the Amman Ring Road, again to remove congestion within the centre of Amman.

A major bus stidy is also ongoing to improve services in the Governorate.

Beleive you me, alot of planning has gone into all the schemes.

Next time you complain about traffic think about the work that is being carried out by consultants and your Municipality in trying to reduce the congestion.



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