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Ring Roads to be Modified


Here is another very small article in the Kuwait Times that is about to have a big impact on all our lives.

Roads to be Modified
The Ministry of Public Works, in cooperation with an international consultation office, recently signed a contract to develop and modify the Second Ring Road, the Third Ring Road, Cairo street and Damascus street. The contract includes the construction of bridges and tunnels on the road’s current intersections and building new intersections if necessary. The contract was signed by Minister of Public Works and MInister of Municipality Affairs Moussa As-Sarraf and has an estimated cost of KD 1.2 million and a duration of 18 months.

It’s going to be a mess, but if it has been well thought through, it should be SO worth it. Already, traffic along the Gulf Road at Bida’a (formerly Bida’a circle) has improved enormously – and I bet the accident rate there has already dropped, too.

Doesn’t that sum sound meager for so much anticipated improvement? Like KD 1.2 million is about the cost of building a serious villa in Kuwait these days, isn’t it? Bridges and tunnels are costly – and labor intensive. That just sounds like a bargain for all the work that is going to be done.

February 3, 2008 - Posted by | Building, Bureaucracy, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Social Issues, Technical Issue |


  1. I think the price is incorrect to be honest, prolly a typo by KT –

    Comment by amer | February 3, 2008 | Reply

  2. You’re probably right, Amer. It seems like a very inadequate amount for the scope of work projected.

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 3, 2008 | Reply

  3. lol yeah kd 1.2 mil is the price of a serious villa vacant plot these days.

    but in public works terms it should jsut about cover the budget for all the new mis-spelled signs 😀

    Comment by sknkwrkz | February 3, 2008 | Reply

  4. i wonder when they will draw the white lines on the Blajat road. Maybe they forgot

    Comment by Enigma | February 3, 2008 | Reply

  5. This can’t be true. KD 1.2 Mil!! Heay there isn’t enough to steal from those pennies.

    It could be the cost of the consultation only and developing a plan of how it is possible to solve the perpetual congestion.

    Comment by Touché | February 3, 2008 | Reply

  6. 7atan ta9le7 ilshware3 oo adding bridges oo tunnels haba in Kuwait? :/

    Honestly, they should first finish 5th ring, then start on Sheraton roundabout since those two are already in progress. And THEN work on these. Working on 5 main roads of Kuwait’s 8 roads is a bit too much. Imagine how rush hour is going to be!

    Comment by dishevelled | February 3, 2008 | Reply

  7. Oh Skunk, LLOOOLLLLLLL!

    Ditto, Enigma! LLLOOOLLLLLLLLL! When my niece was here, from Beirut, she constantly marvelled saying “People HERE stay in their lanes!” It doesn’t seem like it to me, but I haven’t been driving in Beirut lately, either!

    Touche – or it could be a misprint, and “million” was supposed to be “billion?”

    Dishevelled – You are so right. People strategize how they can avoid the Sheraton circle these days, it is so bad, so dangerous, so chaotic.

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 4, 2008 | Reply

  8. I think they already painted the white lines but the paint was so shitty it dissipated in within two weeks~~

    Comment by amer | February 4, 2008 | Reply

  9. Amer, No! You’re kidding, right?

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 5, 2008 | Reply

  10. what about the fourth ring road (aka road to hell)?! No mention!

    Comment by G.E&B | February 5, 2008 | Reply

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