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Bahrain starts building another road to ease congestion

Bahrain is building another road as part of the government's effort to tackle congestion

Bahrain is building more roads to cope with congestion.
Bahrain is building more roads to cope with congestion.

Bahrain is building an exit road that runs from the village of Buri to the Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman Highway in a bid to tackle traffic congestion.

Bahrain's Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs, and Urban Planning is building the exit to increase road capacity from 500 to 900 vehicles per hour on the busy stretch of road, according to Bahrain's state news agency.

It will feature a rainwater drainage network, new road markings, and safety signs. Ground channels will be also be built to allow urban planners to carry out technical infrastructure work in the future without needed to close the roads and cause traffic disruption.

READ: Bahrain in 'urgent' road project to ease congestion

The ministry said the project was part of its effort to develop "urgent temporary solutions to congestion" by upgrading roads and improving access to commercial and residential areas in the country.

Work is already ongoing to revamp the Al Mahzoura Avenue-Estiqlal Highway intersection. Estiklal Street in Manama will be increased to five lanes and the redevelopment work could reduce bottlenecks by 28% for the 50,000 daily road users.

In February, the ministry reported that 60% of development work for the refurbishment of roads in Block 911 in Riffa had been completed.  Valued at $2.9m (BHD1.1m), the road improvements were part of the country’s Villages and Old Districts Development Programme.

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