Work on the expansion of the Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Avenue between Roundabout 6 in Hamad Town and the Wali Al-Ahd Avenue has begun.
The expansion follows 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 urgent solutions to congestion and improve the flow of traffic throughout the Kingdom.
The Minister of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning, HE Essam bin Abdullah Khalaf, noted that the project would offer easier access to those coming from the left side of Road 6 and heading to Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Avenue.
HE explained that the project includes adding a lane to Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Avenue (which will extend between Road 6 and the Wali Al-Ahd Avenue's roundabout), and installing ground channels for future infrastructure initiatives.
The works also include installing new traffic signals, lights, and painting new road markings, each of which will help to ensure road safety.
HE noted that the project aims to increase traffic flow from Hamad Town by 750 vehicles per hour during peak times, and improve the capacity of the intersection between the Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Avenue and Road 6 by roughly 35. Waiting times will also decrease, which will in turn reduce the frequency of traffic jams Roundabout 6 and ease traffic movement on Shaikh Hamad Avenue.
HE pointed out that the project aims to serve Hamad Town's residents travelling to Manama and Riffa by reducing pressure on the Wali Al-Ahd Avenue, especially during peak times, and will allow greater access to commercial and residential areas in general.
HE added that, as the backbone of the economy and sustainable development, maintaining and improving the Kingdom's transport sector is a key government priority.
He explained that this project, and the government's comprehensive road network plan more generally, will lead to a major expansion of Bahrain's transport capacity, accommodating for increased urbanisation as well as an exponential increase in the number of vehicles on the roads.
Source: Bahrain News Agency