The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) Tuesday announced the launch of upgrading works of some streets in West Bay Area. The works are to improve the streets, increase their vehicular capacities and alleviate the traffic congestion in the area, especially during peak hours.
Engineer Mooza al-Sowaidi, head of Doha Section at the Roads Projects Department at Ashghal, said that the works are part of the efforts to improve the existing service facilities and develop the road network in Doha in a way that responds to the economic and social growth requirements of the country.
“Upgrading works on some streets in West Bay Area will enhance internal streets leading to and from Qatar Petroleum District (QP District). Development works will take place also at external streets that are connected to main arterial roads such as Al Corniche Street, Majlis Al Taawon Street and a part of Omar Al Mokhtar Street,” he explained.
Al-Sowaidi, who highlighted the importance of the project due to it's geographical location in West Bay Area, which one of the most vital areas in Doha, said that the area comprises the Diplomatic District and thus attracts many large international and local companies. The Ashghal official added that the project will facilitate access to the QP District, one of the largest real estate projects in the country and represents a hub for finance and business.
The project works include the establishment and development of eight signalised intersections on the streets surrounding the QP District to regulate traffic. In addition to the upgrading of water and electricity networks, the works include installation of lighting poles and the construction of pedestrian walkways. The scope also comprises the expansion of five existing signalised intersections on Al Corniche Street and Majlis Al Taawon Street along with the construction of a new signalised intersection at Majlis Al Taawon Street as well as the provision of pedestrian walkways and cycle paths along the street.
The project will be implemented in two parallel phases. The first includes the development of internal roads surrounding the QP District while the second phase includes the development of Al Corniche Street, Majls Al Taawon Street and a part of Omar Al Mokhtar Street as well as the improvement of external roads leading to and from Qatar Petroleum District.
Ashghal has developed a plan to manage traffic during the implementation of traffic diversions in order to minimise the impact of construction and development works in the area on road users.
The project, being implemented by Al Bawakir Unicon Company under the supervision of Gulf Engineering and Industrial Consultancy Company, is scheduled to be completed by first quarter of 2021.