One of the last major roundabouts in Qatar, Sports roundabout, will soon be demolished to make a signal-controlled intersection.
Ashghal will start work on this project soon and it is expected to be ready by this year itself, an Ashghal official said.
First the sculpture from the roundabout will be removed and then the work will start for the constructing the signal, Salem Al-Shawi, Assistant Director of the Roads Projects Department at the Public Works Authority (Ashghal), told Al Sharq newspaper.
The project is part of QR59 billion plan by Ashghal until 2024 which includes completion of 130 projects for local roads and sewage networks in different parts of Qatar.
“The Authority will complete 23 roads projects and infrastructure works by the end this year at an estimated cost of QR 1.25 billion. The Sports intersection and TV intersection will be completed before the end of this year,” he added.
As part of its efforts to convert roundabouts to signal-controlled intersections in the vital areas of the country, Ashghal has started converting TV Roundabout to an intersection.
The waiting time at the intersection will also be reduced by about 50% as a result of connecting the traffic signal at the intersection with other signals on the surrounding streets.
The project works commenced on April 1, 2017 and the conversion of the roundabout to an intersection will be completed before the start of the new academic year.
It is estimated that after project completion, the road capacity for main traffic will increase by 25% to 30% and by 100% for those turning left or making a U-turn% due to adding three new dedicated lanes.
Converting roundabouts to signal-controlled intersections greatly improves traffic flow, therefore ‘Ashghal’ is converting as many roundabouts as possible in vital areas. It had converted earlier seven roundabouts in Cornish and West Bay area, in addition to Dahl Al Hamam, Al Markhiya, Civil Defence, Al Thumama roundabouts and others.