In a major step towards improving traffic movement and developing infrastructure services across the country, the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has said it has completed the 'Roads and Infrastructure Development Project in the Northern Part of New Slata', covering an area of some 1.72sq km.
The project, located in Area 40 of Doha Municipality, serves 633 land plots, including 574 built plots, 14 plots under construction and 45 empty plots. The project also serves four schools, a kindergarten, five mosques and around 70 commercial buildings, Ashghal has said in a statement.
The development of roads will "significantly facilitate access to the main streets surrounding the area, namely Ali Bin Abi Talib Street, D-Ring Road and Salwa Road, for New Slata residents and visitors".
The project also provides a solution for the area's rainwater flooding problems during the rainy season, Ashghal has stressed.
With the completion, all streets in the area have been opened to traffic. There are a total of 86 streets within this area with a combined length of 15.38km and a corridor width ranging from 12-30m. The streets have been redesigned, reconstructed and paved.
A number of signboards and speed humps have been installed to enhance traffic safety in the area. These are in addition to the installation of 659 poles with energy-saving LED lights, provision of pedestrian paths and road marking, and construction of 2,800 car parking spaces.
The project also envisages developing the area’s infrastructure "according to the highest standards", including the construction of 21km of surface and groundwater drainage networks, which will eliminate the rainwater flooding problem, construction of the 4.7km extension of the existing treated sewage effluent networks, in addition to connecting all plots in the area with the 1.12km drainage networks developed as part of the project.
Ashghal has used distinctive designs in the interlock structure on sidewalks and allocated slots to plant trees in the area.
Further, the project includes the development of utility networks, including nearly 3km of electricity lines, as well as the provision of water and communications lines, which will cater to the future requirements of the area.
During the implementation period, Ashghal said it took several safety measures at the project site and was keen to minimise the impact of construction works on residents and visitors. These included the use of micro-tunneling techniques instead of deep, open excavations, installation of safety barriers and signs at worksites and excavations to provide information on alternative routes, as well as maintaining and cleaning the diversion roads continuously during the project period.
In addition, Ashghal regularly communicated with the area's residents to keep them informed of the project details and traffic diversions being implemented, and to answer their queries within the shortest possible time through project engineers who were on site 24 hours a day during the whole construction period. Roads were also opened to traffic as soon as work was completed to ease congestion in the area, the statement added.
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