The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) yesterday announced the partial opening of Al Wakra Road Underpass Signallised Intersection with Ras Bu Fontas Street.
The development works were carried out as part of Al Wakra Main Road Upgrade Project.
The opening was announced in co-ordination with the General Directorate of Traffic.
The new junction is located after the Airport Interchange at the entrance of Al Wakra, above Al Wakra Road Underpass.
It enhances traffic movement into Al Wakra.
The opening will reduce travel time by 80% especially after cancelling old traffic diversions and providing alternative routes to Ras Bu Fontas Street and Saud Bin Abdul Rahman Street.
The new intersection also links traffic coming from several main roads including Airport Street, G Ring Road and Ras Bu Abboud Street with Al Wakra Road and the surrounding streets.
The intersection facilitates passenger access Al Wakra metro station via the nearby drop and park stop.
While announcing the opening, Engineer Saleh al-Shaybah said that 54% of Al Wakra Main Road Upgrade Project has been completed.
The project is set to improve the traffic flow between Doha, Al Wakra and the southern areas.
He explained that the old roundabout has been converted into a two-level interchange that includes a tunnel providing free traffic flow between Doha and Al Wakra via Al Wakra Road to along with the new signal-controlled intersections which will distribute traffic movement in all directions leading to Al Wakra.
It was in May 2018 that Ashghal started converting Al Wakra Main Road to a 9km long highway consisting of three-lane dual carriageway and a lower tunnel along the area of connecting Doha and Al Wakra.
In last December, Ashghal started works to convert the roundabout to a signalised intersection after opening Al Wakra Tunnel and other parts of the project along the 3.5km stretch from Ras Bufantas station to Barwa Village.
Al Wakra Main Road is an important link between the cities of Doha and Al Wakra.
It also provides a direct link with vital parts of the road network including G Ring Road, Ras Bu Abboud Street, Airport Street and Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor facilitating easy access to the southern areas and Mesaieed Road.
The road also serves residents of several neighbourhoods, residential and commercial complexes in Al Wakra and Al Wukair areas.
It is also one of the vital projects in the southern areas, ensuring free flow traffic between Al Wakra and Doha, and between Al Wakra - Mesaieed in the south.
This road will also ensure traffic flow for commuters heading to places including Al Wakra Market, Al Wakra Family Beach and Al Wakrah Celebration Complex.