The Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’ announced that “Pearl Intersection” has partially opened on Al Wakra Main Road following the conversion of roundabout into a signalized intersection to channel traffic to Doha and Mesaieed Cities, as part of Al Wakra Main Road Upgrade Project, in coordination with the General Directorate of Traffic.
The opening included opening two lanes out of three lanes in each direction on both directions of Al Wakra Main Road towards Al Wakra Souq intersection on one hand and on the intersection constructed above Al Wakra Tunnel on the other.
“Pearl Intersection” is a major link where it is located at the Northern entrance of Al Wakra to channel the traffic in both directions of Doha and Al Wakra to facilitate access to the southern and Northern parts of Al Wakra City.
The new intersection will facilitate access to many vital facilities such as Al Wakra Metro Station, Al Wakra Family Beach, Al Wakra Old Souq, Government service complex, as well as a large number of residential and commercial complexes on each side of Al Wakra Main Road, the intersection will enhance traffic to Al Janoub Stadium through its closeness to Souq Al Wakra intersection that provides connection to the southern part of the Doha Express Highway leading to the World Cup Stadium.
Pearl Intersection Intersection is also an extension to Al Wakra Main Road connected to Al Wakra station, where Al Wakra Road integrates with the Redline of Qatar Rail on its median, to tie Al Wakra and Doha through the two major stations of Al Wakra and Ras Bu Funtas.On this occasion, Engineer Saleh Al Sheibah From the Highway Project Department confirmed that 82% of Al Wakra Main Road Upgrade Project has been completed which upon completion will improve traffic between Doha, Al Wakra and the southern areas.
Al Sheibah unveiled the fact that new Al Wukair intersection is complete and scheduled to be opened by end of July. “The opening of the two lanes new Al Wukair intersection on Al Wakra Main Road to connect Al Wakra Road and Mesaieed Road on the direction towards the Pearl roundabout and Doha.”, he added.
Saleh Al Shaibah pointed out that the opening of “Pearl Intersection” is a continuation of the project’s works of converting the main roundabouts to signalized intersections along Al-Wakra Road. “The construction works for the conversion of the “Peral roundabout” to signalized intersection commenced following the opening of intersections of Al Jabal, Al Wakra Souq and intersection above Al Wakra Tunnel to signalized intersection.” Al Sheibah added.
To ease completion of work of at Pearl Intersection, transforming it from a roundabout to signalized intersection, Ashghal also moved the iconic Pearl structure to Al-Wakra Souq and reinstalled it near Al Farda Roundabout, within Ashghal’s strategy to develop and construct infrastructures while preserving the country's cultural heritage within the purview of Qatar National Vision 2030.
It is worth noting that the iconic pearl monument has a great symbolism for the residents of Al-Wakra rea that was known for fishing and pearls, and the monument was built and installed on Al-Wakra Road in the late eighties to take inspiration from the history of this calm coastal town.
Ashghal's directions in this work met with the desire of people in Al Wakra to restore the pearl as an iconic landmark, realizing several goals, most important of which is to highlight the coastal city's nature, its distinct heritage and its societal and historical characteristics.
Al Wakra Main Road Works
Ashghal is working on completing the works of Al Wakra road development project. The construction works include extension of 5.5 km road from the Pearl Intersection up to the petrol station towards Mesaieed road, including transferring three main roundabouts, namely Pearl Roundabout, Souq AL Wakra Roundabout, and Al Ajfah Roundabout (known as Al Jabal Roundabout) to signalized intersections, in addition to construction of two new intersection on Al-Wukair Road.
Improving traffic flow
Al Wakra Road serves several residential neighbourhoods and commercial points in Al Wakra and Al Wukair areas and it is considered one of the important projects in the southern region. This project will ease direct traffic flow from Al Wakra towards Doha in the north and to Mesaieed towards south.
Al Wakra main road development is a continuation of the highway network projects in Qatar. It will have a significant impact on traffic in the southern region, as travel time will be reduced by 60% on Al Wakra Road. Also, its integration with the other axes of the recently opened highway network such G Ring Road, Mesaieed Road and the southern part of Doha Expressway (Al Wakra Bypass Road), which is connected with Al Janoub Stadium, one of the venues hosting the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.
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