The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has announced the opening of Phase I of the Barwa-Al Mashaf Road development project, giving commuters travelling to and from Al Wakrah, Al Wukair and neighbouring areas something to cheer about.
The road connects the Al Wakrah, Al Wukair and Al Mashaf areas and extends from the Barwa Village Roundabout up to F-Ring Road and Doha.
Further relief is in store for motorists living and working in these areas as the authority has said work on the second phase of the project will be completed by May-end.
As part of Phase 1, Barwa-Al Mashaf Road has been opened from Al Wakrah and Al Mashaf towards F-Ring Road. It also includes the opening of a newly built road with two lanes heading from the intersection north of the Al Wakrah Hospital Roundabout to just before the intersection of Barwa-Al Mashaf Road with Ras Bu Fontas Street, Ashghal explained in a press statement.
Also, the lane turning right onto F-Ring Road has been widened to cater to growing traffic in the area.
Further, the stretch in the other direction of Barwa-Al Mashaf Road - heading from the west of Barwa Village to Al Wakrah, Al Wukair and Al Mashaf - has also been opened.
The phase has been completed in a "record time of three months only", Ashghal has said.
The second phase of the project will include building a roundabout at the entrance of Barwa Village to facilitate entry and exit to and from Al Wakrah. The road, linking the Al Wakrah Club Roundabout with the beginning of the newly built road that connects to Barwa-Al Mashaf Road, will also be widened to two lanes.
In addition, the road linking the Al Wakrah Hospital Roundabout with the same point at the beginning of the newly built road will be widened to include two lanes, as shown on the attached map.
Work on this phase of the project will be completed by the end of this month, Ashghal has said.
Head of Roads and Infrastructure for Areas in Doha South, Mohamed Arqoub al-Khaldi, said: “The project aims to ease traffic flow in both directions between Al Wakrah, Al Wukair, Al Mashaf and Doha. Barwa-Al Mashaf Road, along with other parts of surrounding roads that have opened or are about to open to traffic, will form an alternative for Al Wakrah Main Road - which will reduce traffic congestion in the area and provide another entrance and exit to and from the Al Wakrah, Al Wukair and Al Mashaf areas.
Al-Khaldi said that in the next two months, it is expected that sections of Al Wakrah Bypass Expressway and Al Wukair Bypass will be opened.
The opening of the two bypass roads will significantly contribute to enhancing traffic flow for residents of Al Wakrah and surrounding areas and provide several options to go in and out of these areas.
It could be recalled that commuters had complained of severe traffic congestion last month in and around Al Wakrah, particularly at the entry and exit point, leading to long delays. While the situation has improved since then, some problems still persist due to large-scale infrastructure works, say commuters.