The Nuwaidrat flyover has opened in both directions, allowing traffic movement from Manama towards Askar, via Sitra, and vice versa.
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The BD46.8 million project, which connects Shaikh Jaber Al Ahmad Al Sabah Highway and King Hamad Highway, is expected to be fully operational by the end of this year.
A launch ceremony was held yesterday in the presence of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Minister Essam Khalaf, along with Public Works Affairs Under-Secretary Ahmed Al Khayat, and Roads Division assistant under-secretary Huda Fakhro.
Ministry officials said that construction of the flyover in Nuwaidrat was fully completed and work was underway on the retaining walls for the western and the eastern sides of the flyover.
“The opening of the flyover will ease traffic from Manama and Sitra towards the south as well as from Alba roundabout towards Manama and Sitra, especially with the increase in urban and industrial movement in the southern region,” said Mr Khalaf in a statement.
“A total of 76 per cent of the entire project has been completed and work on the rest of it is ongoing.
“This project is an important addition to the country’s road network as it will increase the commercial activities in this densely populated industrial area, and in turn will reflect on the economy.”
Mr Khalaf also said that the ministry has completed 78pc of work to establish rainwater drainage networks in areas adjacent to the project, including Ma’ameer, Nuwaidrat and part of Riffa.
Yesterday’s opening was also attended by Southern Municipal Council chairman Ahmed Al Ansari, Capital Trustees Authority director general Shawqiya Ibrahim Humaidan, and Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry chairman Sameer Nass along with other officials.
The GDN reported yesterday that some lanes at the Alba interchange would be temporarily closed with detours through traffic lights until work was finished on the central flyover, which will accommodate traffic between King Hamad Highway and Estiqlal Highway.
“This will make a major difference in the driving time from Umm Al Hassam to Alba,” said one resident, who commutes to work as early as 5.30am to beat the traffic backlog.
“The road was always congested with all kind of vehicles and in this weather, inching in the traffic, it is tedious.”
The overall project includes the transformation of the former Alba roundabout into a three-level intersection consisting of a traffic light-operated land intersection.
It will also include a three-lane flyover heading in two directions, transporting traffic between King Hamad Highway and Estiqlal Highway, along with a two-way flyover going over the first one to connect Shaikh Jaber Al Ahmad Al Sabah Highway to King Hamad Highway.
The project also includes the transformation of the Nuwaidrat roundabout into a two-level intersection, one with traffic light signals and the other being a three-lane flyover, which is now fully operational.
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