The Ministry of Works has affirmed its keenness to create a comprehensive strategy for developing the road networks in Bahrain. The plan will be based on traffic surveys and future traffic predictions, using a traffic model approved by the Traffic Council, said the ministry.
The Ministry is currently working on a number of projects to improve the main road network and intersections, including the much-anticipated development of the Clock Roundabout Intersection in the Riffa area.
This came in response to a parliamentary question submitted by Dr Ali Majid Al Nuaimi, Member of Parliament. The project will convert the Sheikh Salman Street and Crown Prince Street intersection into a multi-level intersection, increasing its capacity from 6,000 vehicles at peak times to 16,000 vehicles.
Other projects aimed at easing congestion in the Riffa and Wadi Al-Sail regions include the construction of a street linking Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman Street and the housing project in Wadi Al-Sail, which is expected to be included in the Ministry’s program for 2023-2024.
The Ministry stated that the work of the Crown Prince Street development project has been implemented from the Crown Prince Roundabout in the west to the Clock Roundabout in the east, and the project works included the expansion of the street to 3 lanes in each direction.
Crown Prince Street, which connects the Riffa area with Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman Street and Hamad Town, witnesses a high traffic density of about 80,000 vehicles per day. The Ministry also reported that the development of Wali Al-Ahed Street will significantly reduce the total waiting time for vehicles on the street, particularly after the opening of the Wadi Al-Sail complex.