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Bahrain authorities say major road expansion works completed

Project is part of a series of prompt solutions planned to ease traffic congestion in 13 locations

Bahraini authorities have announced that work has been completed on the expansion of the right lane from the Dry Dock to the Sheikh Khalifa Bin Salman Causeway in the governate of Muharraq.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning, the scope of work for the project included construction of an additional 1.2km-long lane for incoming traffic from the Dry Dock Interchange with Hatem Al Tayii Avenue towards the Shaikh Khalifa Bin Salman Causeway.

A rainwater drainage network has also been constructed, it added, along with other key amenities such as pedestrian sidewalks, lighting facilities, traffic signs and sign boards. This was so as to reach the requisite safety and security standards on the road, it explained. The installation of safety barriers was also carried out, the statement confirmed.

The Ministry said that the project comes as part of a series of prompt solutions planned to ease traffic congestions in 13 locations, simultaneously, through the implementation of mega-road development projects. This comes in response to HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, who has issued directives to develop urgent solutions to ease traffic flow across the kingdom.

“This project will contribute to creating smoother and more efficient traffic flow towards the Shaikh Khalifa Bin Salman Causeway by releasing the huge incoming traffic movement from Muharraq Governorate towards the Capital which stalls at the entrance of Shaikh Khalifa Bin Salman Causeway and causes traffic jams which hamper the traffic movement, whilst the project aims to further smoothen the traffic flow,” said Engineer Essam bin Abdulla Khalaf, Minister of Works, Municipalities and Urban Planning.

It will also increase the intake capacity of the Dry Dock Avenue with the project by more than 22%, at the rate of 2,000 vehicles per hour, in addition to reduction of waiting time at the Interchange by 33%, he added.

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