Ashghal has completed the conversion of four signal-controlled intersections on the Wholesale Market street and opened them to traffic. The development is part of the upgrade plan of the street, and included works on Wholesale Market Intersection, Al Mashatil Intersection, Wadi Al Ghadeeriyat Street Intersection with Bu Hamour Street and Al Sidr Street.
These openings are meant to facilitate smooth flow of traffic in the densely populated areas of Bu Hamour and Al Wa'ab. The upgrade of the Wholesale Market Street project includes the conversion of four roundabouts, increasing the number of lanes at the junctions and constructing service roads along with the main road, which contributes to increasing the traffic capacity thus enhancing both safety and traffic flow.
Project engineer Abdullah al-Nuaimi said new openings would provide alternatives to the drivers away from the streets where the construction is taking place.
The Wholesale Market Roundabout, which consists of three lanes, was upgraded into a signal-controlled intersection with seven lanes on the Wholesale Market Street in the north and south directions, including two left turns and one right turn. The number of lanes heading west was increased to six from two, including three left turns while the number of lanes heading east was increased to four instead of two including two left turns.
These expansions increase the capacity of this vital intersection which connects the traffic coming from Mesaimeer Road, Haloul Street, Al Zubara Street, Wholesale Market Street, Salwa Road and Al Sidr Street. The Wholesale Market Intersection will serve many vital facilities, including the Wholesale Market, which attracts thousands of people daily and is receiving hundreds of trucks, which lead to severe traffic congestion in the area. The intersection also provides easy access to Thursday/Friday Market and the surrounding residential areas such as Ain Khaled, Bu Hamour and Al Waab.
Al Mashatil Roundabout, which intersects with Haloul Street and Al Rihab Street was upgraded into a signal-controlled intersection. Ashghal expanded the number of lanes to three lanes instead of one lane in both directions heading north and south. While the two lanes in both eastern and western directions were upgraded into five lanes instead of two, including two left turns.
Al Sidr Roundabout was upgraded into a signal-controlled intersection, which intersects with Al Sidr Street and Snay Bu Hasa Street. Ashghal has expanded the number of lanes in Al Sidr Intersection to seven lanes heading north and six lanes heading south, including three lanes to turn left. While the number of lanes was increased to six lanes in the eastern and western directions, including three lanes turning to the left.
Bu Hamour Roundabout was upgraded into a signal-controlled intersection in which it intersects with Wadi Al Ghadeeriyat Street. Ashghal expanded the number of lanes to four lanes instead of two in the directions heading east and west, with a single lane to the left, while the number of lanes heading north was increased to two lanes instead of one.
The new improvements will increase the intersection’s traffic capacity, which will significantly improve the movement of vehicles in the heart of Al Waab area, which has many educational and health facilities.
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