The Public Works Authority's (Ashghal) projects affairs director Yousef Abdulrahman al-Emadi has said that traffic safety is Ashghal’s first priority.
"Ashghal has completed implementation of many assigned plans within the National Road Safety Strategy," he said.
The official was addressing the seventh forum of the co-ordinators of the National Road Safety Strategy earlier this week.
Al-Emadi pointed out that measures are being taken in the premises of schools to ensure safety of students, parents and staff, especially at the entry and exit points.
The programme covers 495 schools across the country and Ashghal has successfully completed safety works at 335 of them.
As for the achievements of the Road Maintenance Department in road safety, Ashghal completed maintenance and pavement of roads along nearly 200km in 2018.
“As part of its strategy to enhance traffic safety, Ashghal has also completed installation of 15 dynamic signs on important highways and main roads such as Al Corniche Street, 22 February Street, C-Ring Road, Khalifa Avenue, Dukhan Road and Salwa Road. These sign boards display road status information for road users regarding traffic, congestion, diversion and closures,” the official said.
Continuous road monitoring is carried with the help of smart cameras in various locations to identify traffic congestion, traffic diversions and accidents. “On spotting such incidents, immediate co-ordination takes place with the General Directorate of Traffic to display messages on the sign boards to inform motorists,” he said.
He added Ashghal’s five year action plan for the period 2018-2022 includes implementation of 25 action plans for road safety assessment and follow-up, including achievement of safety at work sites, traffic congestion management, intelligent transportation system (ITS), road safety design, traffic safety, assets management and road maintenance.
“This plan also involves an emergency response team for urgent maintenance work, study of signages, ensure pedestrian safety, and traffic congestion management during hosting of FIFA World Cup 2022,” he said.
Ashghal has completed implementation of congestion management plan constituting an accident response team in close co-operation with other emergency support services to attend accident sites throughout Qatar. This includes investigation of road accidents, measuring damages and determining causes. This is being done through the full provision of accident support vehicles, with the aim of responding within minimum time and providing safe corridors for road users at accident sites.
The official added that Ashghal has also completed implementation of the road safety-engineering plan. It includes development of a pilot project for best road practices in terms of implementing reduced speeds, giving priority to pedestrian crossing facilities through bridges, especially at accident prone areas and near sport facilities being built for FIFA World Cup 2022.
In the forum, Ashghal showcased the efforts it took up to achieve the goals of the strategy, its overall achievements in 2018 and the ongoing efforts in 2019. These include provision of extensive logistic support and implementing the plans assigned to it being a member of the committee. Ashghal’s lead role in pedestrian crossings implementation committee and measures to reduce accidents were also highlighted.