Doha 10th October 2013: Qatar’s Public Works Authority (Ashghal) on yesterday announced that the work to convert roundabouts into signal- controlled intersections is set to finish and Corniche road will be fully open to traffic on the first day of Eid Al Adha, October 15, six weeks earlier than the initially scheduled date.
However work to convert the internal roundabouts into intersections (Onaiza, Lejbailat and Al Maha) will be carried on during next month, Ashghal said in a release.
Work on the Corniche project started in July. Ashghal assigned three big construction companies to work 24/7 for its completion in a record time with high quality standards.
Ashghal thanked all road-users who have been facing traffic congestions on the Corniche for the past three months. It also extended its gratitude to the traffic police and Lekhwiya for their continuous efforts to ensure the traffic flow without blocking the construction works, the Gardens Department at the Ministry of Municipality, Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) and Urban Planning and other government entities.
Roundabouts that have been turned into signal-controlled junctions include Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar National Theatre, and General Post Office, Wadi Al Sail, Emiri Diwan, in addition to the Al-Mina intersections and Grand Hamad Street.
The intersections will be controlled through the new Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), which will manage the high traffic volume by creating a ‘green-wave,’ increasing the number of green lights ahead of heavy traffic and thus making the traffic smoother.
Road-users will notice an increase in the number of lanes at intersections to ease the U turn and left turn without affecting the traffic flow. The number of pedestrian crossings on the Corniche road has been also increased as part of the upgrade work.
All traffic signals are equipped with pedestrian traffic lights to ensure safety of road users and decrease the number of accidents.
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