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Posted On: 9 March 2017 07:04 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:17 pm

Ashghal: Traffic Change starts on Salwa Road to commence construction of new interchange on New Orbital Highway project

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The Public Works Authority, ‘Ashghal’, will convert Salwa Road Interchange No. 24 into a signalized roundabout to enable the construction of a free-flowing multi-level junction on the New Orbital Highway and Truck Route project.

The proposed road change, which will occur approximately 25 kilometers west of Doha, has been designed in coordination with the General Directorate of Traffic. It will be implemented on Friday 10 March 2017, with an expected operation period of 12 months.

As shown on the attached map, the road change will modify the existing interchange into a signal-controlled roundabout. Road users will still be able to travel in all directions between Doha, Lusail, Mesaieed and Abu Samra by taking their respective roundabout exit.

Ashghal advises that it will not reduce the existing four lane layout in each direction on Salwa Road, but the signalised roundabout will only provide three lanes, before returning to the normal four lane layout. To ensure the safety of road users, the speed limit on Salwa Road will be gradually reduced from 120 kilometers per hour to 50 kilometers per hour until traffic reaches the signalised roundabout.

The Public Works Authority will implement several measures to reduce the impact of the road change on truck drivers, including providing an alternative free flow route from Salwa Road Interchange No. 17 to the Doha West Sewage Treatment Plant and the Temporary Truck Route, as shown on the attached map. The route will be available to truck drivers to avoid the buildup of traffic congestion at the signalised roundabout.

Ashghal is also in the process of constructing an alternative route from Salwa Road Interchange No. 17 to the Temporary Truck Route, which will alleviate traffic congestion on Salwa Road Interchange No. 24 by providing an alternative option for road users to travel to Mesaieed and the Industrial Area without the need to travel through the new signalised roundabout. The alternative route is expected to be open for public use by April.

Road signage has been installed in Arabic, English and Urdu to provide early notice of the road change, and traffic police will be on hand in the first 24 hours of the diversion to provide direction and support to truck drivers and any other road users.

The Public Works Authority requests all road users to abide by the speed limit, which has been reduced from 120 kph to 50 kph on some sections of Salwa Road, and follow newly implemented traffic road signs to ensure their safety.