DOHA: Four busy roundabouts on the Salwa road will be converted to interchanges, as work is progressing on a major expansion of this important commercial avenue.
The Qatar Décor, Central Market, Aziziya and Ain Khaled roundabouts on the Salwa road will be converted to interchanges as part of the project, while the highway will be expanded to four lanes on each side. The project also includes subways, tunnels and weighbridges to facilitate free flow of traffic on the highway.
The long array of shops on both sides of the highway has been hit hard by hectic construction works currently going on in area.
A local Arabic daily said yesterday that 25 percent of the project had already been completed. The entire project costing an estimated QR592m is scheduled to be completed by the end of next year.
The project also includes construction of sewage networks, green areas, rain water disposal system and other required facilities. The expansion will cover nearly seven kilometre stretch of the highway extending up to 700 meter east of Industrial Area Interchange and 300 meter before the Al Asiri Interchange, the paper said.
The project will be completed in four phases. The first phases includes construction of service roads providing access to the shops and an open parking area for vehicles. The second and third phases will include construction of more service roads, parking areas for shops and traffic diversions.
Work on the four-lane highway and the tunnels will be carried out in the fourth and final phase. Construction of the intersections and installation of traffic lights will also be completed at this phase. All the trees that will be removed as part of the project will be shifted to the central nursery and replanted in other areas, said the daily.