Ashghal improves road safety outside Qatar schools
Ashghal has undertaken an ambitious plan to upgrade the road conditions of 380 schools across the country in its School Zone Safety Program
As part of the School Zone Safety Program, new speed bumps, reduced speed limits, and rumble strips have been installed near more than 60 schools in Qatar, the authority said.
The plan is part of Qatar’s 10-year National Road Safety Strategy to reduce deaths and serious injuries from traffic accidents.
The undertaking is intended to make it safer for children and parents to get to and from school and includes upgrading the road conditions of 380 schools across the country.
In a study by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to date, about 348 schools across the country have been earmarked as a priority for the safety works, having been identified as in “urgent need” of improvement.
Since its inception in 2013, about 30 schools have benefitted by permanent improvements while a further 33 have had temporary enhancements, pending the completion of final works.
The program involves repairing the roads adjoining schools, in an effort to slow traffic and make it safer for pedestrians and vehicles.
This includes paving around schools to create crosswalks and build new car parks. Building speed bumps and rumble strips to slow traffic, as well as the installation of medians and small roundabouts to better manage traffic flow are included in the plan.
So too, the introduction of a 30km/hour limit on roads around schools has been implemented.
Work is proceeding on roads around 21 more schools ahead of the start of the new academic year, while the reconstruction of around a further 22 is on the cards.
Once complete, this would mean that works on nearly one-third (106) of the prioritised schools will have been undertaken.
The re-design of the roads around 158 other schools has been completed and work will start after approval is attained.