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Posted On: 21 October 2009 10:50 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

Wakra residents complain of traffic snarls

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THE PENINSULA DOHA: Many residents of Wakra have called for immediate steps to address the heavy traffic snarls that the city has been witnessing in the peak hours. The city, known for its calm and serene environment has lost its charm with the hectic movement of hundreds of cars and heavy vehicles through out the day, they say. The Pearl Roundabout, the major landmark that connects the various parts of the city, needs to be upgraded to meet the rising number of vehicles. They have also proposed installation of more radars on the Doha-Wakra highway that leads to Mesaieed and upgrading of roundabouts with more lanes, and traffic lights. Yousuf Al Mahmoud, a national said the Pearl Roundabout was the worst hit by the traffic snarls, with long queues of vehicles being witnessed in peak hours. “The roundabout is too narrow to accommodate the heavy traffic. The solution lies in uprgrading the roundabout with additional lanes, slip roads as well as installing traffic lights,” said Al Mahmoud. He added that the speeding trucks on the highway had become a threat to commuters as well as pedestrians. The permitted speed limit on the Doha-Wakra highway ranges from 80km/h to 120 km/h. However, many drivers do not comply with this because there are very few radars to catch the speeding vehicles. Ahmed Al Hanbali also said tough measures were required to curb the speeding trucks on the highway. This is crucial because the city is located between Doha and Mesaieed and would witness increased movement of trucks day and night. The residents noted that recent measures to address the traffic snarls in the Doha city had produced positive results. It is high time to extend such measures to the satellite cities as well.