Ashghal launches campaign for External Road Network

 08 Feb 2018 - 8:17

Ashghal launches campaign for External Road Network
File picture of North and Southbound lanes on Hamad Port Road.

The Peninsula

DOHA: The Public Works Authority, ‘Ashghal’ in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior has launched an educational campaign for the new completed External Road Network. 

The campaign aims to introduce to road users the new options for mobility and high traffic flow as well as shortening the journey times from one area to another. The network will eliminate the need to pass through the internal roads of Doha through providing additional option to travel between the southern and northern areas in Qatar.

This awareness campaign aims to promote and encourage road users to identify alternative new routes to their usual destinations and to experience the new developed roads, said a statement.

The external expressway road network, opened over the past year, is witnessing an increase in the traffic volumes, especially with the roads in Doha undergoing extensive construction work recently such as Umm Lekhba Intersection (Landmark). 

This will ease the pressure on these roads within Doha, especially during the coming period, which will witness an increase in the pace of implementation of the construction work in order to improve the traffic flow within Doha and reduce the journey times between different areas.

Ashghal aims to encourage the use of new roads to travel between the southern and northern areas in the country. The Orbital Highway act as one of the most important routes in this network with the high traffic flow, direct access to vital destinations, and link with most of expressways within the network in addition to reducing the journey times significantly.

Ashghal is currently working to increase the efforts on the directional signs, which will facilitate access to the new external expressways and thus to the desired destinations. This will be implemented through a new committee formed by Ashghal in coordination with other concerned parties. 

The committee will review all the directional signs installed in the completed and ongoing road projects as well as the planned signs for future projects that are yet to be executed, to ensure the precision of the written names and locations of signs and the importance of signage and destinations written on the signs.

Positive feedback received from road users regarding shortening the journey times, enhancing traffic flow, road safety level has been shared by Ashghal in which commuters are commending the External Road Network.

Engineer Azizi said: “I use the New Orbital Highway daily to reach the precast yard I manage which is located on Wukair road 1, I found a great improvement in the new layout (Wukair Road 1) as it is wider and safer as well since it became 2 lanes in each direction instead of 1 lane with proper street lighting, I used to drive through Al-Wukair road old layout at 5:00 pm and there was always heavy traffic congestion before, but after the new layout, the congestion was really reduced as well as the travel time. I can thank Ashghal for Wukair road 1 enhancement, as currently our trucks can transfer the segments in shorter time and safer trip.”

Another resident Samir Sabry said: “I stay in Ezdan Al Wukair, I am an engineer in Hamad Port, I travel daily using Mesaieed road heading to Hamad Port, the new entrances to the port saved our time and cars, before it was only one entrance and uneven road, we used to access in a long queue of cars and waste our time, but the new layout of 4 lanes in each direction eases the traffic flow to the Port, it is a real positive improvement and change, I see it will help Hamad Port to achieve its goal.”

“I work in Qatar Petroleum and I use Hamad Port road on daily basis to reach our farm, I would like to thank you for that new constructed road because we used to drive through the desert to reach the farm in the darkness, Hamad Port road provided us 4 lanes in each direction and enough street lighting and guardrails for safe driving, now we reach our farm safely and faster,” said Salem Al Marri.

Sheikh Abdul Rahman Bin Jassim Al Thani said: “I stay in Al Wukair, I was not using Al Wukair road to reach Al Kharrara, I would like to say that we can feel and touch a great positive change in the road network, I recently used Al Wukair road 1 to Al Kharrara, and I found that the new layout helped a lot in saving our time by reducing the travel time and distance as well, there is a great improvement in all the safety conditions on the road with making the new layout 2 lanes instead of 1 lane as well as providing it with enough street lighting for optimum vision during the night, we are waiting for the remaining part of the road. I have also got a positive response from my camps’ managers in Al Wukair regarding the new layout, because it saved the time of the labours to reach their camps safely as well.”

Engineer George Samy, a resident of South Wukair Ezdan compounds said: “The new established project of the southern part of Doha Highway is benefiting all the south Al Wukair area residents. Ezdan compound residents are waiting for the full opening of IC-11A Exit towards Al Wakra. This opening will enable road users to have smooth access to South Al Wakra area.”

Abdullah Ismail from Al Waseef management of Barwa Village said: “The Public Works Authority Ashghal played a pivotal role at improving traffic flow and connectivity from Barwa village to the old airport area and F-Ring Road as well as to the southern area of Wakra. The signs and direction for all accesses from and to Barwa village are clear.” 

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