Qatar Residents Bid Goodbye to Sports Roundabout
Friday, June 16, 2017
The Peninsula -- Sports Roundabout, one of the last major roundabouts in Qatar, was razed last night to make a signal-controlled intersection.
The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has started work on this project and it is expected to be ready by this year itself.
The sculpture in the roundabout is removed and the work will start for constructing the signal, Salem Al-Shawi, Assistant Director of the Roads Projects Department at Ashghal, told Al Sharq last month.
The project works started on April 1, 2017 and the conversion of the roundabout to an intersection will be completed before the start of the new academic year.
After project completion, the road capacity for main traffic will increase by 25% to 30% and by 100% for those turning left or making a U-turn% due to adding three new dedicated lanes.
The waiting time at the intersection will also be reduced by about 50% as a result of connecting the traffic signal at the intersection with other signals on the surrounding streets.
Converting roundabouts to signal-controlled intersections greatly enhances traffic flow, therefore Ashghal is converting as many roundabouts as possible in vital areas. It had converted earlier seven roundabouts in Cornish and West Bay area, in addition to Dahl Al Hamam, Al Markhiya, Civil Defense, Al Thumama roundabouts and others.