* Work is currently underway to implement parts of the first four phases of the project
* Project includes developing B-Ring Road and Al Khaleej Street
* Project is being implemented at a cost of QR472mn, with all phases slated to be completed by the second quarter of 2021
?The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has started implementing the B-Ring Road Development project as part of its efforts to enhance traffic flow and ease congestion in central Doha.
Work is currently underway to implement parts of the first four phases of the project, according to a press statement by Ashghal.
Mohamed Arqoub al-Khaldi, head of Doha City Projects in Ashghal’s Roads Projects Department, said B-Ring Road Development is one of the most important road projects being implemented by the authority, It includes developing B-Ring Road and Al Khaleej Street, which are characterised by their heavy traffic movement as they connect traffic to and from vital areas such as Msheireb, Al Muntazah, Corniche, Al Sadd and Bin Mahmoud.
B-Ring Road also connects a number of services facilities such as Rumailah Hospital, in addition to touristic destinations such as the National Museum of Qatar, Museum of Islamic Art, Souq Waqif, Al Bidda Park as well as commercial establishments.
Al-Khaldi said: “Several Doha Metro stations are located within the project area, which increases the importance of this project as it will facilitate transportation between a number of vital destinations in the centre of Doha and the rest of the country.”
The project aims to develop B-Ring Road and Al Khaleej Street, with a total length of 10km, and enhance their capacity by increasing the number of lanes on each of them from two to three lanes in each direction, the statement notes.
This is in addition to developing Onaiza Street, and parts of the streets perpendicular to B-Ring Road such as Al Matar, Wadi Msheireb, Rawdat Al Khail and Al Rayyan streets.
The project also includes developing the entrance to Rumailah Hospital.
In order to enhance traffic flow in the area and facilitate movement between A-Ring Road and B-Ring Road, the project will upgrade six
intersections - the Fareej Abdul Aziz Intersection, Al Doha Al Jadeed Intersection and the intersections known as Asiad Intersection, Wadi Rasheeda Intersection, Al Orouba Intersection and Bin Dirham Intersection.
A new intersection will be developed at the intersection of Al Khaleej Street with Al Jazeera Street.
Three roundabouts will be converted into signal-controlled intersections, which are the Qasr Al Marmar, Al Mannai (Al Khaleej) and Wadi Msheireb (Al Jaidah Bridge) roundabouts.
The project also includes providing several elements that will increase traffic safety in the area, such as two pedestrian bridges with elevators on Al Khaleej Street, as well as cycling and pedestrian lanes, road signs and road markings, and new street lighting. The number of parking bays will be increased, in addition to landscaping works.
The B-Ring Road Development Project also includes the development of infrastructure services in the area such as upgrading the stormwater drainage system to avoid water accumulation during the rainy season, and developing the existing potable water, irrigation and drainage networks.
The project is being implemented by Al Jaber & Makhlouf Construction Company under the supervision of Italconsult at a cost of QR472mn.
The project has been divided into five phases to facilitate the implementation of the construction works and minimise its impact on the surrounding residential and commercial areas. All phases of the project will be completed by the second quarter of 2021.
In order to reduce the impact of construction works on the area’s residents and visitors, all closures and diversions are being designed to maintain all entrances to residential areas and commercial establishments open to traffic during the project implementation period, in addition to maintaining two open lanes in each direction on B-Ring Road in case of implementing any traffic diversion.
Ashghal will also implement a number of measures to reduce noise from construction works, such as using special equipment that produce less noise and are regularly maintained, in addition to implementing excavation works during certain hours of the day to minimise inconvenience to the area’s residents, as well as using water tanks to spray water during excavation works to control the resulting dust.