Katara Traffic Signals to Be Closed for Six Months
Monday, July 17, 2017
The Peninsula -- The Public Works Authority, (Ashghal), announced that it will close the traffic signal at the intersection of Legtaifiya Street and Lusail Street (Katara Junction traffic signal) and modify existing traffic movements near The Pearl to complete the remaining construction works on a three-level interchange on the Lusail Expressway project.
The proposed road layout changes will be implemented in two phases on Wednesday July 19 and Thursday July 20 2017, with an expected operation period of six months.
The disabling of the traffic signal at Katara Junction, combined with the recently opened tunnel at the Onaiza Interchange, and flyover at Al Khaleej Al Gharbi Interchange, will facilitate complete free-flow traffic movement for road users traveling from The Pearl area towards West Bay. It will also enable Ashghal to open multiple tunnels on the Lusail Expressway project in the next two months.
As shown on the attached map, the modified road layout will require road users traveling on Lusail Street and Legtaifiya Street to follow new routes to access the Culture Village Foundation - Katara, The Pearl and Legtaifiya Street.
From West Bay to Legtaifiya Street
Road users traveling from West Bay towards Legtaifiya Street will no longer be able to turn left at the Katara Junction traffic signal. They are advised to continue straight, make a U-Turn after the South Canal Crossing Bridge, then continue onwards and make a right turn on to Legtaifiya Street.
Legtaifiya Street, Lusail City or Lagoona Mall to The Pearl
Road users coming from Legtaifiya Street, Lusail City or Lagoona Mall who wish to access The Pearl, are advised to drive along Lusail Street towards West Bay and follow road signs towards a new purpose-built U-Turn above the recently opened tunnel at Onaiza Interchange. They can then continue onwards on Lusail Street towards The Pearl.
As part of the road change, ‘Ashghal’ will also shift the existing traffic signal located near the Diplomatic Club and remove the temporary roundabout leading to Lagoona Mall and Lusail City. Both modifications are expected to better regulate traffic flow between West Bay and The Pearl.
Katara to Legtaifiya Street and West Bay
Road users exiting Katara Cultural Village will no longer be able to go straight across Katara Junction signal towards Legtaifiya Street. Instead, they will be required to turn right on to Lusail Street, make a U-Turn after South Canal Crossing Bridge, then drive straight and either, take the first right on to Legtaifiya Street or continue onwards to West Bay.
Access to Legtaifiya Lagoon Residential Area
Access to Legtaifiya Lagoon Residential Area will be via Lusail City only.
Road users coming from West Bay, The Pearl or Lagoona Mall will have to follow the diversion over the North Canal Crossing Bridge, make a U-turn in Lusail City and exit right into Legtaifiya Lagoon Residential Area.
The Public Works Authority will install advance signage to advise road users of the modified road layout. Ashghal urged all road users to abide by the signed speed limit, reduced to 50 kph, and follow road signs to ensure their safety.