Avenue additional left turn lane project completed

Manama, In line with the directives of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, to develop prompt solutions to increase the flow of traffic throughout Bahrain's road network, Minister of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning, Essam bin Abdullah Khalaf, said the ministry had completed the project of adding a left turn lane from the Riffa Avenue to the Muharraq Avenue.

Aiming to ease traffic coming from the Clock Roundabout, turning east on the Muharraq Avenue and heading east on the Riffa Avenue, the project is within the second roads optimisation package launched in response to HRH Prince the Crown Prince's directives to develop urgent solutions to ease congestion at major intersections throughout the Kingdom, the minister said.

The project included adding a lane to allow turning left from the Riffa Avenue to Muharraq Avenue, thus creating two lanes to turn left and providing a commuter island for vehicles heading left and east on the Riffa Avenue, he added.

Khalaf also asserted that works also included installing new traffic signals, lights, and painting new road markings, each of which will help to ensure road safety, noting that the project will reduce the waiting lines on the Riffa Avenue by 45%, and increase the avenue's capacity by 12%.

The minister pointed out that the project would contribute to easing traffic congestions on the Riffa Avenue for those heading to the Muharraq Avenue, particularly during peak times.

It will also serve citizens coming from the Clock Roundabout and heading to Riffa, as it will ensure easy access to commercial outlets and residential areas, he added.

The project will improve the vehicle movement across the Southern Governorate, and fulfill the local citizens' aspirations for reducing traffic jams on the Clock Roundabout.

Source: Bahrain News Agency