Kuwait's Jahra Road Development project 94% complete

The Jahra Road Development Project involves the creation of 17.7km of segmental viaducts to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion

The Jahra road project is 94% complete.
The Jahra road project is 94% complete.

Work on Kuwait's Jahra Road Development Project is 94% complete, a senior official revealed.

According to KUNA, Ahmad Al-Hassan, assistant undersecretary at the country's Ministry of Public Works, said the project would improve traffic flow and reduce road congestion upon completion.

The Jahra Road Development Project involves the creation of 17.7km of segmental viaducts – 7.3km of which is an elevated stretch of carriageway.

Elevated link roads spanning 2.4km and 8km of ramps are also part of the project, with some intersections rising above ground level to a height of up to 27m.

READ: Jahra Road project in Kuwait partially opened

An underground section spanning 620m, two roundabout bridges, 10 pedestrian bridges, and 19.5km of roads at grade level, are being developed as part of the project.

A large chunk of the latter component comprises service roads, and 3.4km of it is a new highway.

SITE VISIT: Jahra Road Development Project

Five new interchanges were also planned for installation as part of the project, in addition to seven major roundabouts to 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.

PICTURES: Jahra Road Development Project Site

A joint venture between Louis Berger and Pace is managing design and construction of the project, which will significantly increase mobility in the area.

The road was partially opened in February 2016.

The opening started at the intersection of Jahra Road with Al-Jahez Street and continued until just after the United Nations (UN) Roundabout.

At the time of the project's partial opening, Al-Hassan said: "In addition to easing the flow of traffic, the partial opening will result in road users having a greater ease in movement.

READ: Kuwait is making steady progress, albeit quietly

"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."


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