Ashghal to begin fourth phase of C-Ring Road
by James Henderson
Ashghal has announced that it is to begin the fourth phase of its C-Ring Road Project earlier than had been previously scheduled.
The authority explained that the reason behind starting works on the fourth phase prior to starting the planned second phase, is to prevent the overlap between the works of the C-Ring Road project and the works of a new expressway project that will commence in the near future.
Completion of the fourth phase will result in the conversion of roundabouts to signal-controlled intersections to improve traffic flow and reduce traffic congestion during peak hours.
As part of the project, a signalised pedestrian crossing will be created for all four crossings at each of the new intersections.
An additional benefit of the entire C-Ring Road project is to enhance the road design and increase its capacity to accommodate projected traffic increases.
With the addition of a fourth lane, capacity on C-Ring Road is expected to increase by approximately 25%.
To minimise disruption, two lanes will remain open to traffic in both directions throughout the construction period. Access to businesses and residences in the area will be maintained through provision of temporary alternative accesses.
Ashghal indicated that work on phase four will last for a total of nearly five months, and will include adding a fourth lane, in addition to maintaining and repaving the existing three lanes.
Work on C-Ring Road will take about two-and-a-half months, and once this section is complete, work will commence on the ‘feeder’ roads leading from C-Ring Road including Ali Bin Taleb Road and the Salwa Road extension and will take the remaining two-and-a-half months.