Jahra Road project in Kuwait partially opened
A joint venture between Louis Berger and Pan Arab Consulting Engineers is managing design and construction of the Jahra Road Development Project
Kuwait's Ministry of Public Works has announced the partial opening of one of the world's largest elevated road projects - the Jahra Road Development Project.
A joint venture between Louis Berger and Pan Arab Consulting Engineers is managing design and construction of the project, which will significantly increase mobility in the area.
The opening starts at the intersection of Jahra Road with Al-Jahez Street an continues until just after the United Nations Roundabout.
Ahmad Al-Hassan, the assistant undersecretary for road engineering affairs at the Ministry of Public Works, was quoted by Kuwait Times as saying: “This opening marks a major milestone for the project, and in Kuwait’s strategic plans to reduce traffic congestion in vital areas. In addition to easing the flow of traffic, the partial opening will result in road users having a greater ease in movement. The total distance of the opening extends 4km and is accessible by ramps in both directions, drivers will be able to bypass the UN roundabout and the hospital road.
"Work is ongoing on the remaining sections of the project.”
The Jahra Road Development project involves the creation of 17.7km of segmental viaducts – 7.3km of which is an elevated stretch of carriageway. There is also 2.4km of elevated link roads and 8km of ramps, with some intersections rising above ground level to a height of up to 27 metres. Added to this, there is an underground section of 0.62km, two roundabout bridges, 10 pedestrian bridges and a further 19.5km of roads at grade level - the bulk of which are service roads, but 3.4km of which is made up of the new highway. There are also five new interchanges being installed, while seven major roundabouts will replace traffic lights along the route.
The work basically increases the number of traffic lanes from two to 12 in each direction, creating a two-level motorway that separates local service traffic below from through traffic above.