KUWAIT: The Ministry of Public Works announced yesterday the partial opening of one of the largest elevated road projects in the world, the Jahra Road Development Project. The joint venture of Pace and Louis Berger are the consultants on this mega-project, with The Arab Contractors undertaking the contracting works. The opening, which commences at the intersection of Jahra Road with Al-Jahez Street, and until just after the United Nations Roundabout, will significantly ease the flow of traffic in that area.
Engineer Ahmad Al-Hassan, the Assistant Undersecretary for Road Engineering Affairs at the Ministry of Public Works, commented: “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.”
“We work closely with a number of governmental bodies, and for this opening we have been actively involved with the Ministry of Interior and the General Directorate of Traffic. Inspections were undertaken to ensure that all safety standards and necessary opening procedures were met. With more openings expected this year, there will be visible significant improvements on the Jahra Road and its surrounding areas,” added Yasser Boudastour, Project Engineer at the Jahra Road Development Project.
This mega project involves the construction of 17.7 km of viaducts (7.3 km of mainline Jahra Road, 2.4 km of bridges on linked roads and 8.0 km of ramps), including a trough at the 2nd Ring Road intersection, 10 pedestrian bridges, and service roads. The Jahra Road project also includes major utility relocation and works, such as 3.5 km of storm water box culverts, 33 km of water lines, 8.0 km of sanitary sewer, 51 km of electric cables, and 12 km of communication ducts.