• Jan 3, 2011
Abu Dhabi has updated the speed limits for certain roads in and around the city and to make sure everyone knows about the new limits, as well as to warn drivers that they've entered one of these changed sections, officials have come up with a unique solution – painting the speed limit on the road.

On select sections of road, bright red asphalt will serve as a warning that the speed limit has changed. The thinking: A driver might miss a sign on the side of the road but they (hopefully) won't miss the entire road.

[Source: Gulf News]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks just like a running track to me. Is this supposed to restrict peoples speed or encourage them to go flat out?
      • 4 Years Ago
      hmmm... how can we waste more money?? Oh I know, lets paint the roads! Lets hope they don't go changing the limits on a regular basis!... oh wait, I don't care
        • 4 Years Ago
        you can't paint whole roads, that would be dangerous .... how you deal with the (rain)water?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a track(of the running kind). I love it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds like a good idea in theory, but how well can you see the colors at night?
        • 4 Years Ago
        or if it snows?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Here in the UK the red bus lanes seem to work just fine at night.

        @Brummie Snow? Seriously?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I know red is used in Sydney for bus lanes, but I still think its a good idea that could work well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      well it's a way to go about the issue, but also having the speed limit actually painted on the road in bright yellow might also help...at a lesser cost...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey if it was yellow bricked they could make a film about it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They already write the speed limit on the roads in the New Forest, UK and it works really well. Adding the change of the asphalt will add to the awareness well. I wonder what the extra cost implications are though!?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think you're right, that's probably enough. Maybe a few hash marks just before it to draw attention. Having a huge section of road a different color is probably overkill.

        Here in America, I wish they would at least write "Passing Lane" on the left lane.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @BoneStamp +10!!!!!

        I finally found a sensible person to agree with me. Don't know about where you live but here in the DC area highways, you have the slowpokes driving 20mph below the limit hugging the left lanes and refusing to move over...one of the main causes of daily accidents in my area
      • 4 Years Ago
      @Time: Ever seen the roads in Dubai? They're practically empty except for the sons of rich oil sheiks doing 200MPH in gold clad Bugatti Veyron's. So much for improving the roads for the people who most cannot afford to even use them!
      • 4 Years Ago
      meh, it's their money.

      though I guess a "Thank you American drivers for buying our oil and taking out Saddam Hussein" sign would be nice.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought all their roads were paved in gold and platinum? So Gold for 45 mph and platinum for 60 mph?
        • 4 Years Ago
        They don't use BHP to measure a cars power output but BCP instead, I hope no one gets the hump over this remark.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Smart... but... you know you have too much spare money left over for useless governmental humjiggery when...

      The manpower to put up 1 sign? 15 dollars for an hours work, at best. In that hour he might be able to put up 3-4 signs.

      The manpower to paint a road? 12 guys, over the course of 4 hours, being paid the same amount of 15 dollars.

      Equals 720 dollars to do something a sign could do if someone was properly trained in how to drive to begin with, instead of "ignoring posted speed limits".

      How about putting better drivers on the road instead? Focusing more on teaching drivers to be a bit more cautious in their surroundings?

      Oh there's an idea Abu Dhabi.
        • 4 Years Ago
        There's nothing wrong with getting voted down: this is a place for opinions, & not everyone's gonna agree with yours. If getting voted down bugs you, maybe you should keep your opinions to yourself. If you believe in what you're saying though, just say it & don't care what the other guys think... but think before you speak, because we can be a savage bunch @ times, & don't suffer fools gladly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Little do you realise half the population is imported work-visa'ed indians working for sometimes less than $15... a day.
        You think they built their country with $15/hr labor? They would have gone broke!
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's not paint (I'm assuming). Usually for things like this they use a colored concrete or blacktop, which costs only marginally more and is implemented when they repave the road.
        • 4 Years Ago
        All I'm saying is that if we taught drivers how to properly drive in the first place, there would be no need for painted roads...
        • 4 Years Ago
        dude, Dubai pays workers from india, pakistan, etc, etc 5us$/day.
        that's why ...

        after their contract is over they have to leave within 2 day and i also heard their pasports are taken in(not sure, but heard).

        you're only welcome to live there if you take money with you.
        : ) ... i gues
        • 4 Years Ago
        The fact that I got voted down for saying:

        "All I'm saying is that if we taught drivers how to properly drive in the first place, there would be no need for painted roads..."

        Just goes to show the maturity level of this blog to begin with in the first place.

        A guy says his own opinion and other people are given the option to rate it? They tell him he must be racist because he can clearly see a waste of money? They tell him he's stupid because spending more time on a driver to better teach them the road makes (what I'm assuming is less) sense than to go out and paint a road? How stupid is this place?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ This Man... Where we're going, we don't need roads.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @This Man

        "How about putting better drivers on the road instead? Focusing more on teaching drivers to be a bit more cautious in their surroundings?"

        How much would that cost? And how long would it take?

        Suddenly 12 guys painting the road doesn't sound to bad.
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