The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) on Friday opened a new signal-controlled intersection on New Al Rayyan Road, which diverts traffic from Bin Zaben (Al Mokafaha) Roundabout to the newly built intersection .

On the approach to the new intersection, each arm has three straight-ahead lanes, two left-turn lanes and a dedicated right-turn slip lane.

The opening of the new intersection is expected to ease traffic congestion that used to take place during peak hours at the old Bin Zaben (Al Mokafaha) Roundabout, Ashghal has said in a statement. Additionally, the new intersection will enhance traffic safety with signals that help organise vehicular flow and facilitate access to different destinations.

“This comes as part of Ashghal’s effort to ease traffic congestion in the area throughout the construction period of Al Rayyan Road/Bu Erayyen Street Interchange. Once complete, the new interchange will be a three-level interchange, including Al Rayyan Road (free-flowing) through an underpass, local traffic movement using signals at grade and Bu Erayyen Street (free-flowing) through a tunnel underneath the Al Rayyan Road underpass,” the statement explained.

The authority is implementing these works as part of the Al Rayyan Road Development Contract 2 project, which extends from the west of Sports Roundabout to the west of New Al Rayyan (Khaled Bin Abdullah Al-Atiyyah) Roundabout.

Works on this part of the project include developing Al Rayyan Road and building a dual 5.5km carriageway with four lanes in each direction. It will also include, in addition to Bin Zaben Intersection, five main intersections: Al Masila, Al Rayyan, Khaled Bin Abdullah Al-Atiyyah on Al Rayyan Road, Old Al Rayyan on Al Huwar Street (Al Furousiya) and Lebdei Intersection on Bu Erayyen Street.