The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has opened a new interchange on Salwa Road by Mebaireek Area, implemented by the Highway Projects Department aiming to enhance traffic movement on Salwa Road for commuters heading for Mebaireek, Bu Nakhla, Al Sailiya, and Al Mearad.
Ashghal built a new two-level interchange between Al Sailiya Interchange and Mesaieed Interchange, connecting Salwa Road and Mebaireek Street. The junction consists of two main bridges, 330 meters long, and several exit points, loops bridges, and local roads connected to the new interchange, facilitating traffic movement in all directions.
The works of the new interchange include the construction of bypass roads and local roads with a total length of approx. 3km, in addition to constructing 3km of pedestrian and cycling paths, the landscape area on both sides of the interchange is around 41,000 sqm.
The new junction will contribute to improving traffic flow in the area, reducing travel time by 50%, as it provides free traffic flow to Al Sailiya from Mebaireek. The interchange also provides an alternative option to the nearby Al Sailiya Interchange, thereby reducing traffic congestion, as the new interchange can accommodate more than 8500 vehicles per hour.
Ashghal had upgraded and expanded of Khalid Bin Ahmed Interchange, converting the roundabout into a signal-controlled interchange and opened it to traffic in November 2022 to connect Salwa Road, Al Furousiya Street, and to connect East Industrial Street, therefore enhancing traffic flow which accommodates 8500 vehicles per hour instead of 5000 vehicles per hour, cutting travel time to about 80%.
After its upgrade, the signal-controlled interchange consists of six lanes with many entry-exit points to 2.8km long connection roads, in addition to tree plantation over an approximated area of 10,000 square meters as part of landscape works.
Source and cover image credit: Ashghal
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