Opening of the underpasses at the Salwa road has not helped solve the traffic congestion in the area, say motorists.
With work still going on, service roads and intersections, serpentine queues of vehicles have become a routine, especially in the peak hours.
Many people earlier used to avoid the area due to hectic road works. With all the underpasses in both directions now open, more people are now using the road, contributing to traffic jams.
Exit points are available at the highway to major destinations such as Ain Khaled, Central Market, Abu Hamour and Mamoura. However, all the service roads and intersections leading to these areas get crowded even in lean hours.
“At most intersections, especially the one near the Central Market, one will have to wait for about half an hour to cross the junction,” lamented a motorist.
Work is still going on at the last underpass leading to the Midmac flyover. All the vehicles coming through the highway and the service roads have to pass through a narrow two-lane road before they reach the Midmac flyover and the Midmac roundabout.
During peak hours, the queues on the highway extend from the underpass near Qatar Décor to the one near the Central Market.
“Opening of the underpasses has in fact aggravated the situation and it is not going to be solved until work is fully completed. Providing more diversions and alternative roads can be a temporary solution,” said a resident, who uses the road on a daily basis.
With so many car show rooms, vehicle service centres and shops and offices providing a wide range of services located on both sides of the highway, the area is still suffering from severe shortage of parking space.
The partial completion of the road project has improved the situation to a great extent helping the shops to revive their business that was hit hard by the prolonged road works. However, an increase in the number of visitors to the area has further contributed to the heavy traffic.
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