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Posted On: 12 September 2013 05:19 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:13 pm

Corniche road work ‘to end in November’

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Work on converting eight roundabouts and an interchange in the Corniche area to signal-controlled junctions will be completed by November end. Public Works Authority (Ashghal) officials yesterday said the project, being executed at a cost of QR200mn, would ease traffic congestion in Doha. Ashghal’s road projects head, Saud al-Tamimi, said that work on the more than 6km long stretch was ahead of schedule and more than half of it was already completed. The conversion work began in July. The first phase, which deals mainly with the removal of “obstacles and hitches” along the course, will be completed by the end of this month. The conversion of roundabouts into intersections and installation of an Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS) will form the second phase. The roundabouts being turned into signalised intersections are those near the Museum of Islamic Arts (MIA), Emiri Diwan, Qatar National Theatre (QNT), Wadi al Sail, Oryx statue, Onaiza, Qatar National Library, Lejbailat and Grand Hamad Junction. Al-Tamimi hoped that with the completion of the project, traffic through the stretch would be smooth. The decision to execute the project was made after it was realised that roundabouts which served the Corniche well when the city had less traffic were no longer able to serve the growing number of road users, he said. “Along with the country’s economic growth, there has been a massive rise in the number of vehicles on the roads as well.” Al-Tamimi promised that when the work was finished, motorists would see a remarkable improvement in the traffic flow on the Corniche and surrounding roads, especially in the movement to and from the West Bay and also between east and west Doha. The official said the Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS), which would be installed at the new junctions, would react to the vehicle volume, thus creating what the authorities termed as a “green wave” in the process. Such changes would maximise the number of green lights ahead of heavy traffic which, in turn, would not only reduce journey time but also ensure smooth flow of vehicles, said the Ashghal official.