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Salwa Road: Getting Worse Before it Gets Better

I have always avoided Salwa any way I could. I might cross Salwa, but only as a last resort. Salwa Road is a death trap, an unlimited speed zone, a cat and mouse game zone, a chicken-game road and a training ground for some of the worst maintained tiny little cars I have ever seen. Between the aggressive drivers with their big attitudes and big cars and the POS cars, it’s a nightmare.

The nightmare is getting worse.

This is from today’s Peninsula:

Salwa Road roundabouts to be converted as tunnels
Web posted at: 3/8/2010 4:58:36

DOHA: Several major roundabouts on the Salwa Road — Ain Khalid, Al Aziziya, Central Souq and Qatar Decor — will be converted as tunnels.

The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) will start working on the project by the end of this year, official sources at Ashghal told Al Sharq.

Tenders for the project have already been floated. The project comes as part of the next phase of the Salwa International Road development project.

The project will help overcome the traffic jams on this important road. Conversions and alternative roads will be provided during the work as the roundabouts will be removed completely.

The sources promised that delays like those happened in the case of the February 22 road and Industrial Area intersection will not happen in the case of the new project.

Several nationals and residents were highly critical about the delays in these two major projects. Jabber al Khayareen, owner of a show room on the Salwa road said that they had suffered losses due the long road closure.

The shopkeepers had been complaining about the long closure of the Salwa road but officials were turning a deaf ear to their complains, he said.

He cited the heavy traffic jams at Ain Khalid roundabout after opening the Industrial Area flyover as an example of bad planning. The road which was closed for a long time opened to see heavy traffic from the new flyover to a bottleneck of the narrow road and a small roundabout.

He was also critical about the partial opening of main roads before completion of sideways and roundabouts and related service roads.

Another national, Mohammed al Nuaimi hoped that that new road projects would take into consideration the expansion of the Doha city and the increase in its population.

Yousef Al Sharhani, another national, said there was some improvement in the traffic scenario after Ashghal resumed works on various infrastructural projects and completed some of the major road projects.


March 8, 2010 - Posted by | Cultural, Doha, ExPat Life, Health Issues, Living Conditions, Qatar, Safety

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