The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has announced the full opening of Al Furousiya Street to traffic. The opening will improve traffic flow in the area and facilitate smooth travel to Khalifa International Stadium, a venue for the FIFA Club World Cup, which began Wednesday.
While announcing the opening, engineer Saoud al-Tamimi, manager of the Roads Projects Department at Ashghal said Al Furousiya Street plays a pivotal role in linking several vital residential areas such as Muraikh, Al Rayyan Al Jadeed, Baaya, Muaither and Al Aziziya in addition to facilitating access to many public amenities like Aspire Zone Complex, Villaggio Mall and the Equestrian Club.
Al Furousiya Street has been upgraded with 15.7km of pedestrian path and 5.6km of cycle path
"It also ensures connection to several hotels, commercial and service centres as well as educational facilities such as University of Calgary and Aspire Academy," he explained.
The official said the project is aimed at improving the vehicular capacity of the street by increasing its lanes from three to four in each direction, upgrading exits and entrances of the surrounding streets as well as providing service roads.
He also shed light into the connection of Al Furousiya Street to some of the most vital roads in the country such as Salwa Road, Al Waab Street, Muaither Street, Al Rayyan Al Jadeed Street, Huwar Street, etc.
Al Furousiya Street project has increased the number of lanes on 7.8km of the street starting from Al Manaseer Intersection towards Al Furousiya Intersection. Works included the construction of service roads on both sides of the street and upgrading four signalised intersections by expanding Al Manaseer Intersection and introducing a new signalised intersection at Umm al Jamajim Street as well as converting Al Furousiya and Muaither Roundabouts to signalised intersections in order to alleviate the traffic congestion at two of the most crowded roundabouts in the area especially during peak hours.
Works also included the construction of 570 parking bays in addition to the upgrading of the lighting system and the installation of 233 lighting poles. In order to encourage a healthy lifestyle, 15.7km of pedestrian path and 5.6km of cycle paths were also constructed. Improvement works also included pavement, interlock and road marking works as well as the development of an irrigation system and landscaping works along the street covering over 70,000sqm with 1,000 trees.
Infrastructure works within the project comprised developing the main drainage networks and connecting houses to this network and constructing permanent stormwater, groundwater and wastewater treatment networks in addition to protecting the underground telecommunications, potable water and electricity utility lines.
The project was implemented by Al Jaber and Makhlouf Contracting Company, at a cost of approximately QR250mn.