Work on Bahrain's Shaikh Zayed Highway progresses as scheduled

Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning's Huda Abdulla Fakhro says project important for Bahrain's main road network

The project will reduce bottlenecks in both Salmabad and A’ali areas. [representational]
The project will reduce bottlenecks in both Salmabad and A’ali areas. [representational]

Construction work on Bahrain’s $62m (BHD23.4m) Shaikh Zayed Highway Development Project, which began in August, has been progressing as per schedule, according to the assistant undersecretary for roads at the Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs, and Urban Planning, Huda Abdulla Fakhro.

Speaking about the project, Fakhro said that the expansion of the Shaikh Zayed Highway was an important project for the kingdom’s main road network, the Bahrain's state-held news agecny, BNA reported.

Phase 1 of the project, a funding agreement for which was inked by Abu Dhabi Development Fund (ADFD), covered the expansion of the highway to three lanes in both directions from December 16 Highway to Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Highway, and from the western roundabout of A’ali to Shaikh Isa bin Salman Highway.

As part of the project, four roundabouts along the Shaikh Zayed Highway will also be converted into intersections with traffic lights, while the project will also cover installation of lighting work, roadblocks, traffic signs, revamping the asphalt layers, beautification and landscaping, in addition to rainwater drainage.

According to Fakhro, the ministry has begun work on a rainwater drainage and sewage network on the 16 December Highway. She added that temporary diversion roads are also being built between the Shaikh Salman Avenue and Avenue 36 in A’ali.

The Shaikh Zayed Highway Development Project will reduce bottlenecks in both Salmabad and A’ali areas in the kingdom, with the project set to also provide easy access to Educational Area in Isa Town.

Upon completion, the highway will have a capacity to accommodate 53,000 vehicles per day in two directions. Fakhro added that 2,800 vehicles will use the highway during morning peak hour, followed by 3,500 and 3,200 in the afternoon and evening peak hours.

According to Fakhro, by 2030, the highway's capacity will increase to 100,000 vehicles per day, with an average of 5,400, 6,700, and 6,100 vehicles during the morning, afternoon, and evening peak hours respectively.

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