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Manama, Jan. 13 (BNA): HE the Minister of Works, Municipalities Affairs & Urban Planning Eng. Essam bin Abdulla Khalaf toured the site of the Southern Entrance to North Town, where he inspected progress achieved in the project. The Minister was accompanied by Works Affairs Undersecretary Eng. Ahmed Al Khayyat, Roads Planning & Design Director Eng. Kadhim Abdul Latif, Roads Projects & Maintenance Director Eng. Sayyed Bader Alawi, Acting Communications Director Hafedh Andulghaffar, Special Projects Chief Mohammed Hassan, Traffic Engineering Chief Eng. Mohammed Abdul Hussain, and Traffic Safety Head Eng. Mamdouh Mubarak.
The Minister explained that the project aims to connect North Town to the roads network, where the internal roads are to be implemented by the Housing Ministry, while the main roads surrounding North Town, all entrances and exits will be implemented by the Works Ministry. The Ministry has also looked into the possibility of connecting the roads leading to North Town to Avenue 36, which is a link to Saar and vice versa. This will contribute to alleviating traffic congestion to and from the village and other villages in the vicinity.
According to the Minister, the project is considered a main artery within the infrastructure and roads projects, which will contribute to supporting investment and urbanization in the Kingdom. The detailed structure of the Northern Road will serve a number of villages and investment projects in Bahrain, therefore supporting Bahrain’s economy.
‘The construction of North Highway will take place parallel to the revamp and expansion of a number of roads/highways, to ensure connecting those main highways to North Highway as part of the structural scheme for the Kingdom,’ stated the Minister. He extended thanks to the Ministry of Housing, the Traffic General Directorate and the Kuwaiti Development Fund for the collaboration extended to the Works Ministry.
The project is hoped to serve 5000 housing units; being the first link to North Town. The North Town entrances and exits project is a vital part of the Kingdom’s roads network and has been approved by the Works Ministry. The first and main entrance to North Town from the West is also considered to be a highly important connecting Janabiya & Budaiya Interchange to the North Town. Work comprises of constructing a 1.2km long road with 4 lanes on each direction; connecting Janabiya-Budaiya Interchange to North Town. The road includes a 135m long bridge above the marine channel, therefore providing a smooth traffic flow and increasing the road capacity. In addition to that, a special network for Intelligent Transport Systems is to be installed, therefore ensuring a smoother traffic flow in the area and a higher capacity and safety levels.
Work included installing safety barriers, pedestrian barriers, signage, lighting, implementing storm water drainage channels, extending sewerage and treated water lines, providing special tracks on both sides of the highway for other service networks like water, electricity and telecommunications, and afforestation works.
Work on the project commenced in May 29, 2016, by constructing a temporary road parallel to the former dirt road; aiming to provide a smooth traffic flow to the construction projects inside North Town away from the villages’ internal roads. Also, the Ministry previously removed Budaiya Roundabout and replaced it with traffic signals to increase its capacity and enhance safety levels for roads users.
PARSONS, in collaboration with Environmental Arabia, prepared a study on environmental impact of the project. Upon a request from the Ministry of Culture and the UNESCO, Heritage Thinking has been assigned with the preparation of a Heritage Impact Assessment. Coordination in this respect has taken place amongst the Works Ministry, the Culture Ministry and the UNESCO.
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