The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) announced a partial opening of a new bridge in Al Luqta to traffic at the length of 850 meters as a part of Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor works on July 26, 2019, in coordination with General Directorate of Traffic.
Ashghal has said that two lanes traffic from Al Luqta towards Al Rayyan will be available for the public open on Friday July 26, while two lanes in the opposite direction will be open to traffic from Al Rayyan towards Al Luqta on Friday August 2.
The new opening will reduce traffic congestion in the area, providing free traffic flow to road users from Al Gharrafa and Al Luqta heading for Al Waab and Al Rayyan, especially with the current traffic diversion and a direct link between those areas.
The new bridge, fully opened by 2020, will boost traffic and reduce journey time to more than 60 percent. The bridge will consist of four lanes in each direction to accommodate more than 16,000 vehicles per hour.
Project Eng. Ali Ibrahim stated that the opening of the new bridge is the first key milestone of the construction works north of Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor, stressing the importance of the bridge in improving traffic flow.
"The opening of the bridge will provide a free traffic flow to serve the areas of Al Gharrafa, Al Luqta, Al Rayyan and Al Waab, especially that the bridge facilitates an easy access to Al Rayyan Road and Khalifa Avenue," he added.
The Public Works Authority Ashghal is currently changing the old roundabout connecting Makkah Street and Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor into two levels interchange. The new junction will include one new bridge and signalized junction under the bridge. When completed by the first quarter of 2020, the road capacity will reach about 24 thousand vehicles per hour which will improve the traffic in the area by connecting Al Gharrafa, Al Luqta, Al Waab, Al Rayyan and vital facilities such as businesses, schools, and hospitals.
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