Jeddah's King Fahd Street gets $103.7m investment

Municipality aiming to ease congestion in one of city's problem areas

Jeddah is aiming to address its longstanding traffic problems.
Jeddah is aiming to address its longstanding traffic problems.

Tunnels and flyovers will be constructed to ease vehicular traffic on the road as part of the Jeddah Urban Development Plan as per the directives of King Abdullah, according to Arab News.

A tunnel will be built at Bicycle Roundabout but, according to Abdul Aziz Al-Ghamdi, the Jeddah Municipality spokesman, the civic body will retain the structure of a bicycle on top of the tunnel, as it is one of the landmarks of the city.

Work has already begun on the project from the Bicycle Roundabout towards Falaq Roundabout.

Falaq square will be replaced with a 575 metre-long tunnel in each direction with three lanes, with a flyover spanning 1,250 metres also under construction at Hera Street.

The aim is to turn what is Jeddah’s longest road, which is also known locally as Sitteen, into a speedway without any traffic signals.

It is hoped that congestion in Nuzha district, particularly between Bicycle Roundabout in Faisaliah district till the end of Harmain Road in Nuzha district, would ease significantly once the necessary work is complete.

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