The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has completed the Roads and Infrastructure Development project- Package 1 at Al-Wajba East to provide integrated road and infrastructure services to the residents.

Engineer Fahad Mohamed al-Otaibi, head of the Western Areas Section of the Roads Projects Department, said Ashghal is implementing a plan consisting of two packages to upgrade Al-Wajba East.

“The first package is completed and serves about 388 land plots within citizens subdivisions and the third package will serve 417 land plots once completed. The two packages will provide all road network, drainage network and rainwater drainage services along with other important services to the residents.

The first package was recently completed. Engineer Abdulla al-Suwaidi, project engineer in the Western Areas Section at the Roads Projects Department, said works included the construction of a 17km road network to enhance traffic flow and provide connectivity with future public facilities in the area.

“This is in addition to providing traffic safety elements such as street lighting systems and directional signs along with 29km of shared cycling and pedestrian paths and more than 2,800 car parking,” he said.

The infrastructure development works included the construction of a 14km drainage network, 16.6km of surface and groundwater drainage network, 8.4km of treated water network and the extension of the potable water pipes and connecting them to the main potable water network.

Local materials were used and local manufacturers relied on bringing the local component to 70% of the total materials used in the project. Materials such as lighting poles, directional and traffic signs, drainage and rainwater drainage pipes, asphalt, precast manholes, concrete, rebar and other materials were supplied.

In 2022, Ashghal announced the completion of the development works of Al Wadi Park Natural Reserve in Al-Wajba East, including enhancing green areas by planting 836 trees, providing irrigation network lines as well as constructing a 1.5km metal fence around the reserve along with three gates to the North, South and East.

The reserve was also provided with benches for visitors, bicycle parking spaces, an advanced lighting system, and two prayer areas. Works also included the construction of 1.1km of pedestrian and cycling paths and 1.1km of jogging paths.