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Jeddah tunnel reopens after four-year revamp

Bab Al-Bant tunnel on city's Hail Street underwent structural work

The tunnel's reopening is expected to ease traffic congestion in the city of Jeddah.
The tunnel's reopening is expected to ease traffic congestion in the city of Jeddah.

Bab Al-Bant tunnel on Jeddah’s Hail Street has reopened following four years of work to repair structural defects in its northern and southern sections.

Abdulaziz Al-Ghamdi, general manager of Jeddah’s culture and information secretariat, told Arab News that the passageway, also known as the Bugshan tunnel, underwent repairs to its concrete, ceiling steel, supporting walls, and road.

The municipality also extended the lighting and electricity networks, replaced storm water drains and installed a system to treat floodwater inside the tunnel.

Al-Ghamdi said heavy rain over the past few years had raised groundwater levels, causing further problems in the tunnel which required attention.

The Jeddah municipality conducted technical tests to determine the status of the construction and then began the repair work and maintenance

Al-Ghamdi said the municipality would also rehabilitate and improve the pedestrian tunnel and surrounding squares with marble and granite walls, decorative lighting poles, sitting areas with Hejaz umbrellas, irrigation networks, palm trees, wall paintings with night lighting, and several fountains.

Bab Al-Bant tunnel is located in an area of Jeddah which suffers from heavy traffic congestion due to its proximity to several commercial markets.

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