The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has announced the completion of Phase 1 of converting Al Tarfa Roundabout - also known as the Golf Course Roundabout - into a signal-controlled intersection.
Mohamed Arqoub al-Khalid, head of Doha City Projects at Ashghal, said the conversion of Al Tarfa Roundabout into a signal-controlled intersection is aimed at enhancing traffic flow and increasing the road capacity at the intersection and roads within this project.
He explained that Phase 1 included the partial opening of Al Tarfa Intersection to traffic movement on the morning of March 16. This included opening two lanes of the intersection on University Street, one to turn right onto Golf Course Street (towards Lusail) and the other to turn left onto the road leading to Al Tarfa Street (towards the diversion to Al Shamal Road) or to make a U-turn onto University Street.
In addition, two lanes of the intersection were opened on Golf Course Street to continue straight to the road leading to Al Tarfa Street, or to turn left onto University Street (towards Doha). Another two lanes were opened on the road leading to Al Tarfa Street, which will now allow traffic to continue straight to Golf Course Street, in addition to a separate lane to turn right onto University Street.
Al-Khalid said Ashghal is now implementing the second and last phase of converting Al Tarfa Roundabout into an intersection, which is expected to be completed in May.
In a statement, Ashghal said the conversion of Al Tarfa Roundabout into an intersection includes works to improve a number of streets in the area. The number of lanes on a 500m-long section of University Street will be increased to four main lanes and two left-turn lanes in both directions.
The number of lanes on a 400m-long section of Al Khor Coastal Road will be increased to four main lanes and three left-turn lanes in both directions, the statement notes.Also, the number of lanes on a 600m-long section of Golf Course Street will be increased to three main lanes and three left-turn lanes in both directions.
The project will also include sidewalks on all sides of the intersection, cycling lanes, street lighting as well as road signs, in addition to upgrading the stormwater drainage networks and protecting existing utilities of Ooredoo and the Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa), located under the roads.
The authority has requested all road users to abide by the new speed limits and follow the newly installed road signs to ensure their safety.